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Jul 20, 2022 - 8:01:23 AM
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djangonut

England

66 posts since 4/5/2006

Last night, on the day that the temperature in the UK first ever reached over 40 degrees Centigrade, Don Vappie played a gig in the middle of England in a barn, in Anstey, Hertfordshire, as part of his UK tour. The music was as hot as the outside temperature.

Before the pandemic Vappie had recorded an album called "The Blue Book of Storyville". It was awarded the accolade of by the London's Sunday Times of best jazz album of the year. Played by a quartet of Don on his custom Ome tenor banjo, a rhythm guitarist, double bassist, and a superb clarinettist, David Horningblow, the creole-rhythmed tunes of the album formed the basis of the concert.

Don Vappie's playing of course was tremendous, (the best-ever jazz banjoist?), but his easy rapport with the audience, and his skills as a raconteur made the evening very special. Don's love of his New Orleans Creole heritage, and his musical homage to Jelly Roll Morton's "Spanish tinge", made the concert unforgettable.

John

Jul 21, 2022 - 4:00:03 AM
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Ryk

USA

276 posts since 11/20/2011

Besides being a fine musician Don is a great human being willing to share his knowledge and insights with others. You can have "Coffee with Don" by checking out his website and he often puts up a bit of music every once in a while.

Jul 21, 2022 - 1:04:26 PM
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djangonut

England

66 posts since 4/5/2006

I met Don in New Orleans just before the pandemic. Instead of taking his break during his gig, he came and sat with me. He allowed me to explore his banjo. His advice - "Never let the music get too far from the dance." A great banjoist and a wonderful human being.

Jul 23, 2022 - 12:50:55 PM

300 posts since 11/22/2009

Oh Yea!

Jul 27, 2022 - 9:20:54 AM

1681 posts since 4/25/2007

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Originally posted by djangonut

Last night, on the day that the temperature in the UK first ever reached over 40 degrees Centigrade, Don Vappie played a gig in the middle of England in a barn, in Anstey, Hertfordshire, as part of his UK tour. The music was as hot as the outside temperature.

Before the pandemic Vappie had recorded an album called "The Blue Book of Storyville". It was awarded the accolade of by the London's Sunday Times of best jazz album of the year. Played by a quartet of Don on his custom Ome tenor banjo, a rhythm guitarist, double bassist, and a superb clarinettist, David Horningblow, the creole-rhythmed tunes of the album formed the basis of the concert.

Don Vappie's playing of course was tremendous, (the best-ever jazz banjoist?), but his easy rapport with the audience, and his skills as a raconteur made the evening very special. Don's love of his New Orleans Creole heritage, and his musical homage to Jelly Roll Morton's "Spanish tinge", made the concert unforgettable.

John


A fine night indeed. Good to see the Doghouse up and running again.

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