End Notes is a series of monthly performances at the Cake Wines Cellar Door, each a different musical chapter from the life of jazz critic Princeton ‘the Duke’ Parker. A collection of the stories and tunes that he loved most, played to you by some of Sydney’s finest young musicians led by Edward Lyons.
Tenor Saxophone and Flute - James Mackay
Alto Saxophone - Anthony Tummillo
Trombone - Max Mallen-Cooper
Princeton ‘the Duke’ Parker
Princeton 'the Duke' Parker saw more Jazz gigs than anyone cared to remember. As a journalist for the Tribune for over 30 years, he was posted from the South Side of his hometown Chicago to heady Havana, passing thro...ugh New Orleans in the Deep South before... 3 years in Rio, capped off by stints in San Francisco, St Louis and the Apple. His words read the country over told the rich stories of the rapidly evolving cities in which he lived and captured the sound of the music that brought them to life, Jazz.
He was an ever-present at defining shows that critics, bar staff and eventually even the cats on stage, came to simply expect to see the outline of his figure underneath the cloud of smoke that rose from the back left corner of the venue when they looked up into the audience.
End Notes II: New Orleans / 7pm 20 October 2016
By the mid-1940s, Jazz had spread far and wide, putting down roots in several cities across the country. But despite the golden years that would follow elsewhere, it would undoubtedly only ever have one spiritual home.
Into the original melting pot went the tribal rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean, the distinctive Blues of the Mississippi, and the unmistakeable blood, sweat and tears of the South. The bright flash of European horns collided with the thunder of voodoo African percussion to spark something unique.
From the early days of Ragtime and Stride made famous by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton and Fats Domino in the French Quarter and Storyville to the Dixieland of arguably the first Jazz icon, Louis Armstrong, the city gave birth and nurtured an infant Jazz from it's very first steps, watching over with pride until the day came that it could take care of itself.
Back to the very beginning.