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    ace Gordon Campbell will be my special guest on this week s radio show Gordon is lead trombone in the BBC Big Band and also the John Wilson Orchestra he s worked with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald Sarah Vaughan Barbra Streisand Tony Bennett Ray Charles Shirley Bassey and Robbie Williams he plays on all the top sessions and leads his own big band too when he gets the chance I m hoping he might be able to give me a lesson or at least a few tips like which end to blow down etc As I regularly rant there is a worrying lack of young trombonists on the scene This puzzles me as the trombone makes a fantastic noise We need to take action now and encourage more people to get involved Some excellent reasons to have a go on a modern day sackbut are as follows playing trombone seriously increases lung capacity and of course joining any kind of musical ensemble is a great way to get more out of your playing and to make new friends and where else are you legitimately allowed to frequently bop saxophonists on the head whilst playing and get away with it There are of course many jokes about playing the trombone which I feel don t help with its reputation although they are rather funny Q What do you call a chap who can play trombone but chooses not to A A Gentlemen Q What do 4 trombones at the bottom of the sea sound like A A good idea Q How do you save a trombonist from drowning A Take your foot off their head Q What s the difference between a frog driving a car and a trombonist A The frog might be on her way to a gig

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    after every link you can hear the studio manager kindly and always politely say and close the mic If I want to talk to the people in the glass box while the records are playing I have a small square talk back button I am not to confuse my microphone fader with the talk back button I must remember that if I do confuse my microphone fader with the talk back button the nation will hear what I m saying eg Cali are there any more hobnobs left or are we down to fig rolls again Is the world ready for this Find out this Sunday 9pm BBC Radio 2 18 Sep David Jacobs I had the good fortune to meet David Jacobs on a number of occasions he greeted everyone he met with a warm smile and always had time to exchange a pleasantry or two I will forever cherish the memory of being asked to sing at David s surprise 85th Birthday party at The Ivy Restaurant in London The guest list was extraordinary incredible songwriters including Tony Hatch Don Black Sir Tim Rice not to mention the cream of British broadcasting Sir Terry Wogan Chris Evans and Ken Bruce not to mention national treasures Dame Vera Lynn and June Whitfield and members of David s very close knit family including his dear wife Lindsay After dinner David stood up and delivered a 20 minute address it was superb Sparklingly witty erudite and suave this softly spoken and most debonair gentleman enchanted the assembled cast with brilliantly funny anecdotes concerning some of the many mega stars and royal figures he d rubbed shoulders with throughout his career spanning seven decades There was an overwhelming sense of warmth emanating from him and from the people gathered to celebrate his birthday toward him David Lewis Jacobs CBE was born in 1926 and rose to prominence as the presenter of the popular TV show Juke Box Jury he also presented the BBC Radio 4 political show Any Questions He provided the UK commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest before Sir Terry Wogan and was one of the four original presenters of Top of the Pops when it started in 1964 From 1998 to just a few weeks ago he d presented a wonderful easy listening Radio 2 show that followed mine on Sunday evenings called the David Jacobs Collection I tell you I wish I had his record collection He had great taste in music and I m not just saying that because he would on occasion play my records no the music he played was an irresistible blend of classic songs performed by the greats of yesteryear rich in quality and sophistication I had the honour of singing at this great man s funeral just last week the song Lindsay requested was Unforgettable the perfect choice Again the room was thick with an outpouring of love for David a loving husband father grandfather and friend to all and one of the greatest broadcasters there ever will be An all round top bloke much loved much respected and very much missed 24 Jul Olympics As someone who led with the wrong end of the javelin on that ill fated school sports day circa 1986 I ve been pretty oblivious to the fact that the Games of the XXX Olympiad AKA London 2012 actually commence this Friday regardless of constantly being swamped with news of Olympic security this and Olympic torch that Don t get me wrong I think it s a wonderful thing and I m a great supporter of people striving to achieve their best Mum is a huge sports fan and has her new chair lined up and ready in front of the telly However if you re looking for a fresh angle on all things Olympic I implore you to listen to Radio 2 s The Ballads Of The Games Monday evenings at 10pm When controller of Radio 2 Bob Shennon asked me last week if I d heard any of the Olympic ballads I thought he must be referring to Status Quo s latest effort The Winner but no thankfully not The Ballads of The Games is a stunning six part series recalling many fascinating and incredible moments of Olympic history Sixty new songs have been written and performed by some of the best folk writers and singers in the business Chris While Julie Matthews Chris Wood Jez Lowe Boo Hewerdine Steve Tilston and Martin Simpson Whoever would have thought that sport and folk music could sit so happily together The songs are so engaging and effortlessly capture the tales of strength and character of joy sorrow disappointment and triumph There is one song so far that absolutely knocked me for six written by Julie Matthews and sung exquisitely by Chris While Nie Wieder tells the story of high jumper Gretel Bergman now 97 who was dropped from the German team because she was Jewish at the Berlin Olympics of 1936 The same games that saw Jewish American sprinters Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller dropped from the relay so as not to upset the Nazis The fact that one of their replacements was Jesse Owens an incredible athlete who won four gold medals who happened to be black who was neither congratulated by Hitler or even Roosevelt his own president makes us realise we ve hopefully come a long way in our acceptance of people Huge congrats also to Christopher Biggins sorry Bradley Wiggins the first British man ever to win the Tour De France On your bike son indeed 29 Jun Is the world ready for this Great news for music and arts lovers A wonderful new venue has opened in the fair town of Doncaster named Cast We took our big band up there on Saturday and I am thrilled to report that not only was the event very well attended there was a lovely buzz amongst the audience who were all happy to be

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    Manone was an American jazz trumpeter composer and bandleader He was actually born Joseph but after losing an arm in a tram accident acquired the nickname Wingy aren t people kind For years Joe Venuti jazz violinist and notorious practical joker used to send his mate a single cufflink for his birthday I digress so in 1930 Wingy recorded his own riff based composition Tar Paper Stomp aka Wingy s Stomp or sometimes called Wingy s Blues also as I have now learned he recorded a version in 1939 called Jumpy Nerves You hear the same riff catchy bit of tune a year later in Fletcher Henderson s Hot and Anxious credited to Henderson s brother Horace Stay with me in 1935 saxophonist and arranger for The Mills Blue Rhythm Band Joe Garland created an arrangement of Tar Paper Stomp and called it There s Rhythm In Harlem Some time later circa 1938 he wrote In The Mood containing that same infectious arpeggio riff Wingy Manone had recorded just five years earlier Joe hawked it round the various bands both Artie Shaw and Edgar Hayes recorded it with little success in fact it wasn t till Garland pushed it under the beady eye of Glenn Miller that it took off Miller hired Andy Razaf to add words he did so recycling an old lyric but unwittingly for a flat fee of 200 he never earned a penny more Miller made a few tweaks and hit the jackpot in 1940 when it topped the Billboard Juke Box chart and stayed at number one for 13 weeks featuring in the movie Sun Valley Serenade Some 60 years later in 1999 In The Mood was included in the National Public Radio s 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century It

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    in an anti social fashion on items that don t belong to him Alan the dog is perfect At 18 months his behavior wasn t improving so when Muddy got chatting to a lady at the supermarket who recommended a local dog trainer we wasted no time making the call Due to our ever changing schedule we couldn t guarantee being able to attend a specific class so opted for a private consultation instead basically we paid someone to come to the house and tell us how rubbish we are at bringing up Alan or Prince Alan as he is now known The dog trainer has given us a list of rules to follow in order to successfully take Prince Alan down a peg or three till he s been comfortably settled back into his correct position within the pack order Muddy and I have to assert ourselves to be the leaders All common sense really where did we go wrong For the next few months HRH has to earn all his food by demonstrating good behavior knowing his willful temperament we were initially fearful he might starve to death Each morning we prepare his food for the day and store it in his special treat bag always making sure each of us has a clicker to hand at all times then whenever he does something good he gets a bit of chicken and a click from the clicker this means greasy meat hands for the foreseeable future but we re both happy do it if it helps The reward click system takes a bit of getting used to it s not unlike patting your head and rubbing your tummy initially I could have been mistaken for a castanet wielding flamenco dancer but with a bit of practice am getting

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    the invite came with a fancy dress twin themed warning Come dressed as a pair of something Anything from socks to Cagney Lacey Salt and pepper was the first thing that popped into my head followed by a pair of gloves trousers followed by an actual pear indeed I would have been more than happy to go as Cagney or Lacey as it had been one of my favourite TV shows as a kid As we were working the next day we wanted something that would be easy both to wear and that we d be happy to walk through town wearing without people pointing Mud on the other hand had just one idea which made her laugh for at least a week I bet nobody else will go as a pair of those No Mud you re most probably correct but there s a reason for that No matter what else I suggested she still came back to her initial thought and laughed for another week but how on earth were we going to make this costume The invite had coincided with a visit from bass player Simon and girlfriend Jess who happens to be a wardrobe mistress I have to say most of the conversation was taken up with design and construction of our costume In the end she thankfully offered to make it for us A week before the party Jess met us at Radio 2 on a Sunday to hand over the goods and to have a fitting It certainly made producer Cali laugh almost as much as Mud The costume only worked if we stood side by side and due to a height difference various heel combinations were necessary Muddy died a couple of pale pink long sleeved T Shirts in coffee till they matched

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    sticking to my meager 1200 calories a day I didn t lose any weight NOTHING After much frantic internet research I discovered this miserable state of body affairs is called plateauing From what I understand through reducing your calorie intake to that of a dormouse your metabolic rate slows to that of a sloth There are two ways to get it shifting again one is to bump up the exercise the other is to eat more for a few days It will come as no surprise to learn which route I took Of course had I not been ill with a cold for two weeks I would have been running from Britain but surprisingly I found that eating more comes very naturally to me Rosie is a ridiculously talented cook who can throw things together in a flash one of those irritating people who can make mayonnaise from scratch and everything in fact we ve applied for her to go on masterchef she doesn t know it yet anyway her tapas style starters were awesome homemade cannellini bean hummus with lime garlic coriander and olive oil baked manchego cheese with honey wonderful little chorizo nibbley things with roasted salted almonds great olives and a crusty artisan loaf Main course was succulent chicken thighs in a mystical rich sauce using preserved lemons fluffy cous cous with overtones of dukkah if case you ve yet to try it dukkah is a delicious aromatic mix of nuts and seeds baked aubergines with a herbed yogurt and pomegranate dressing and I think a fresh green salad but the four beers left over from New Year s Eve did somewhat cloud my memory Muddy had baked her sweet potato chocolate brownies for desert they sound weird but taste great and I had attempted a raspberry

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    s your interview Nah It can t be the lady I m interviewing is 90 in August Joyce Terry nee Clark had been singing in Southport one evening in 1942 when Ivy Benson famed all girl bandleader headlining at the theatre across the way walked in and hired her on the spot the 18 year old then stayed with band for the next five years I am passionate about preserving the memory and accomplishments of this inspirational woman who despite the misogynistic back biting and discrimination of the time fought on to become the BBC s resident band in 1943 top of the bill at the London Palladium for 6 months in 1944 and the first band to be invited to play at the VE Day celebrations in Berlin 1945 Later that year on Christmas Day she performed a live concert from Hamburg broadcast to the British nation directly after the King s speech A favourite of ENSA Ivy and her girls toured Europe and the Middle East as part of the war effort raising morale wherever they went Ivy passed away aged 79 in 1993 having led her band for 43 years If attitudes towards female musicians weren t tough enough Ivy was constantly losing her girls to the charms of various dashing servicemen she later said I lost seven in one year to America Only the other week a girl slipped away from the stage I thought she was going to the lavatory but she went off with a G I Nobody s seen her since Ivy offered financial independence to women musicians at a time when there were startlingly few platforms for them to be heard she hired only the best including the legendary trumpeter Gracie Cole who eventually left Ivy to join George Evans Band to

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    bitter end of the performance There s a lot of the lurgy around judging by the pile of cough sweets and throat soothers people left for me at the CD stall I felt like a spurious trick or treater I was unable to present my weekly Radio 2 show thankfully the wonderful Guy Barker stood in for me at very short notice So here we are day 4 of miserable coughing and hoarseness I m grateful for all the remedies people have emailed in indeed I m trying as many as I can It seems drinking lots of water is top of the list so I m chugging as we speak alternating room temperature with hot water and fresh chopped ginger and homemade sage tea which smells like a liquid roast dinner both are very comforting Now I ve always been a huge advocate of hot water with ginger lemon and honey but some say that the acid in the lemon is bad for inflamed vocal folds who knew I m spooning honey and I ve tried a few propolis or bee glue lozenges Propolis is very popular amongst West End singers for keeping the voice in tip top condition but I m not sure if this is purely a preventative measure Another showbiz remedy is gargling with Sanderson s Throat Specific I ve also heard it called paint stripper but I ve ordered a bottle and will report my findings I started gargling with dissolvable aspirin but apparently this is a real no no for singers much better to stick to salt water or the sage tea gargle wise Regular listener to the show Maureen Lipman recommended fresh pineapple which contains bromelain an enzyme with anti inflammatory properties and it s packed with vitamin C This is definitely helping

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