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Sunday Speaker – Mr Ben De Haldevang

Mr Ben De Haldevang gave a very enlightening talk this morning, particularly for those ignorant of jazz. He highlighted the Basin Street Blues classic from its origins in the deep South of USA in the 1920s through its metamorphosis by Louis Armstrong, a bleaker Miles Davis version, all the way to James Morrison’s incredible performance in 2013. The influence of the events surrounding each version was stressed and we were even treated to a polished performance on the clarinet by Mr De Haldevang himself.

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