As a big band singer Doris Day, who has died aged 97, was happiest she once said when she was travelling with Les Brown and his band. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald she impressed the now forgotten jazz band leader Barney Rapp with the way she sang Day After Day and she moved on to sing with Bob Crosby and with Brown. In the movies a 1955 role saw her play a jazz singer Ruth Etting and she excelled performing with Harry James and his Orchestra. RIP.
Not much around at the moment release-wise but fear not Phalanx Ambassadors changes that... new from pianist/keyboardist/composer Matt Mitchell leading a great band of avant explorers in a pulsating set. Mitchell’s fourth release as a leader for the Pi label, the pianist has appeared on Pi releases by Steve Coleman, Dan Weiss, Jonathan Finlayson and Anna Webber, and is possibly best known for his work with Tim Berne.
Ah, Pigfoot are back with new album The Pigfoot Shuffle some five years on from their debut, a slight tweak in the personnel notwithstanding... check a slice of it above. Apparently this is what is in store... re-workings of a range of classic material; Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog, Curtis Mayfield’s Pusherman, the South African township transformation of a Mozart aria from The Marriage of Figaro and, “typically, a medley of Elvis Presley and Wagner material.” Look for it in June.