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Posted on 7 Jan 2008 8:48 AM

 Todays Movie Quiz at 1:15pm on my radio programme on Jazz Radio 94.1fm will feature one of the finest musicals of the 60s - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I will be playing a couple of the great songs from the movie.
Read my review of the movie here

Posted on 30 Dec 2007 8:36 PM

My Movie Quiz at 1:15pm New Years Eve on Jazz Radio 94.1fm ..........
This week we are giving away a Django Rheinhardt CD entitled Pioneer of Jazz Guitar coming to you courtesy of my website where you will find a great selection of movie memorabilia and you can see some of the posters on display at the Sanctuary Cove Antique Gallery just down the road from our studios here at 94.1fm. But as it’s the last show for the year I will be adding a double pass to the Village Theatre at Sanctuary Cove to see a movie of your choice.
Now to this week’s question. The next track I am about to play is from one of the all time great musicals, My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. This is one of the great songs from the movie sung by the man who was nominated for best supporting actor. To win this weeks great prize all you need to do is phone us here at 94.1fm and tell me the name of the actor who sang this next track…
Congratulations to …………..for the correct answer ......
And a little about the film…..
My Fair Lady was loosely based on Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw with music by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe with adaptation from Andre Previn. It picked up 8 Oscars including Best Picture.
You probably know by now that my background is in movie memorabilia and about 10 years ago I acquired the memorabilia from the estate of Stanley Holloway and it included a letter from George Cukor, the director of My Fair Lady. The letter went into some detail of how the film was progressing and asked Stanley Holloway to help Audrey Hepburn with her cockney accent. Its one of my prize possessions.
Stanley Holloway was perfect as Alfred Dolittle but he was only a last minute choice. James Cagney had been originally given the role but had to pull out at the last minute. Cary Grant was offered the role of Henry Higgins but he told Jack L Warner that not only would he not play Henry Higgins, but if Rex Harrison was not cast in the role, he wouldn't even go see the picture.
Jack Warner originally wanted Julie Andrews to play the lead but settled for Audrey Hepburn who's singing was actually dubbed by Marnie Nixon
My Fair Lady – one of the all time great musicals. We’ll have another movie quiz next week on Jazz Radio 94.1fm.
Here is part of the letter from George Cukor to Jack L. Warner...........

Posted on 30 Dec 2007 5:34 PM sponsored the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown on New Years Eve 2007 on Jazz Radio 94.1fm with Alan Kepler. The words "Smooth Jazz" are not always popular with the Jazz purists but this is often because many are not familiar with some of the wonderful musicians who are associated with this category. Artists like Lee Ritenour, Joe Sample, Dave Koz, David Benoit and Queen Latifah have all been referred to under the "Smooth Jazz" category but they all show influences of more traditional jazz music.
What did you think of the show? Did you enjoy the music and interviews? Would you like to see more programs of this type on Jazz Radio 94.1fm?
Let me know what you think and Happy New Year to all.

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Posted on 27 Dec 2007 1:24 PM

 I will be sponsoring the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown for 2007 on Jazz Radio 94.1fm from 10pm to Midnight.
Smooth Jazz, also variously known as Comtemporary Jazz and NuJazz has been sadly absent from radio stations in Australia and I congratulate Jazz Radio 94.1fm on having the foresight to take this program on New Years Eve.
The show will feature many of the greats of Contemporary Jazz including artists like:
Candy Dulfer, Boney James, Queen Latifah, Chris Botti, Eric Marienthal, Paul Hardcastle, Keiko Matsui and many more.
Dont miss this Special Event on Jazz Radio 94.1fm

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Posted on 18 Dec 2007 11:24 AM

 Some years ago I acquired a leatherbound folder from the estate of Sammy Davis Jnr. The folder contains trumpet arrangements for many of the songs that the singer was associated with including "For Once in My Life" "Impossible Dream" and many more.
The majority of the arrangements are by George Rhodes and Morton Stevens. Some have notes in pencil and other markings.
If anyone has any information or thoughts about the history of these items I would appreciate it eg how rare these things are and where and when they might have been used.
Here are a couple of the arrangements.........

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Posted on 9 Dec 2007 7:33 AM

On my Radio Programme tomorrow I will be featuring the music of Dave Grusin one of the most prolific composers of Movie and TV themes and winner many awards including Oscars and Grammy's.
Some of his film scores include:
'The Graduate'
'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'
'Three Days Of The Condor'
'Heaven Can Wait', (1979)
'The Champ', (1980)
'On Golden Pond', (1982)
'Tootsie' (1983)
The Firm with Tom Cruise.
and an Academy Award for his music in
'The Milagro Beanfield Affair' (1988)
He was the conductor for The Andy Williams Show (1963-1965) and other TV credits include Baretta (1975), Columbo - Prescription: Murder (1968), It Takes a Thief (1968), and The Wild Wild West (1965). "St. Elsewhere" (1982) One Life to Live (1968).
Dave Grusin has released a number of albums/CDs in the Smooth Contemporary Jazz category and all feature his unique and distinctive style of piano playing.
I will be playing some of his music between 1 and 2pm tomorrow and The Movie Quiz at 1:15pm will feature a question on his music with a prize of a Triple CD Legends of Jazz.
Tune in to Jazz Radio 94.1fm between 12 and 3pm to hear my programme.

Posted on 19 Nov 2007 9:11 PM

 I have spent some time in Los Angeles over the years and on one of my trips I arrived back to my hotel room just in time to see an episode of Who Wants to Be Millionaire with Regis Philbin. When I turned on the TV, the contestant had reached $500.00. In the next 15 minutes he proceeded to answer every question correctly before reaching the Million Dollar question. He spent a minute or two pondering the options and answered a question on astronomy correctly to actually win One Million Dollars. This all occurred in the space of about twenty minutes and was slick and dramatic TV.
Had this been the Australian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the same contestant would have taken 2 or even 3 programmes to get to the same result while Eddie McGuire continually asked inane questions in a boring attempt to "humanise" the contestant. He would have most definitely delayed the answers to the questions so that he could "tease" the audience with "We will find out if he has the right answer after the break".
The producers of the programme in Australia seem to have the mistaken impression that dragging out the time taken to answer the questions creates suspense and drama. In reality they are producing a crashing boor of a programme that should have been a guaranteed success if they had just let the format do its job without the "human interest" garbage.
Here is a clue for the programmers: The viewers want to see how much the contestant can win and they really dont care about the personal lives of the contestants. They can find that out later when New Idea interviews the successful ones.
Eddie McGuire rose to great heights as quiz and footy show host and eventually became Chief Executive of Channel 9, no less, before reverting back to a mere quiz show host. There is no doubt that he has now become passé and his career is on the wane.
It is probably too late for Eddie now but he should have watched episodes of the British or US versions of Who Wants to be A Millionaire with Chris Tarrant and Regis to see how it should have been done. The show is not about the host. Its all about seeing who can win a million bucks.....
......and that leads me to my theory that any number of run of the mill presenters could have successfully hosted this show. All they need was to ask the questions and let the format do the work. But maybe that is just too complicated......

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Posted on 28 Oct 2007 3:31 PM

 I saw a blog on ebay today that provided a novel approach to dealing with image theft.
The writer Judyoz refers to one of the many occasions where people steal the images of others. On this occasion, the culprit was so lazy that they didnt even bother changing the link. They just used her url. We all know how time consuming and frustrating it can be to go through the reporting system so she suggested simply changing the image. The mind boggles as to the endless possibilities of getting even!
If you know of anyone using my urls or images please let me know and I will replace them with this one!

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Posted on 16 Oct 2007 10:36 PM

 eBay has a multitude of Rules and Regulations and Policies that are near impossible to keep track of. Many users blindly sail under the radar because eBay is simply unable to police their site on their own. There are many examples of breaches of the rules from minor infringements to major attempts at fraud by users. The problem is that the site is so huge that, in many cases, eBay has to rely on its users to police the site rather than its own staff or systems.
There seems to be a policy in place that, in many instances, they will not act unless they receive a complaint from a user.  This is a strange phenomenon to an Australian. In Australia, those who report others for breaking the rules are generally referred to as "dobbers" and frowned upon.
I guess it would be unrealistic in some ways to expect eBay to have total control of their business due to the sheer magnitude of the site. Ultimately I guess they have a "we will do the best we can" attitude towards setting and enforcing regulations so that the legal system is satisfied.
Watch this space for more as the story unfolds....

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Posted on 16 Oct 2007 9:38 PM

Many different forms of music have been labelled as "jazz" with a great many interpretations as to what is and what isn't jazz music.
What do you think?
What is Jazz? What isn't Jazz?

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