Jazz

A Congratulations card featuring a grand piano seen from above with text ‘Congratulations And All That Jazz’

– Blank inside for your own message
– Printed in the UK on premium card stock
– Supplied with a white envelope

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Jazz

Jazz is a Congratulations card featuring a grand piano seen from above with text ‘Congratulations And All That Jazz’

The piano often features in jazz compositions. I can just see Bill Evans hunched over one with the notes of Blue In Green or Peace Piece escaping in a wonderful melancholic way. The cover of his album Portrait in Jazz shows him wearing heavy black glasses and dressed in a suit and tie. And many of the photos of him show him dressed in formal clothes. Not what one might imagine of a jazz pianist, given his story.

But then as my wife Tamara says, James Joyce wore a business suit. And it pays not to judge a book by its cover. The same can be said for Jazz.

Evans was born in 1929 and he has been a hero of mine for his timing and melancholy at the piano. He became a heroin addict in the 1950s and became addicted to cocaine in his attempt to ween himself off heroin.

It led to his early death in 1980, and when I write this I cannot help but imagine Bart Simpson. In one segment, Bart’s friend Milhouse warns him of the self-destructive path that defines the life of a rock singer. Bart imagines the arc of his projected career from adoration to lying in his own puke in the gutter. And he says, Cool

The Piano In Mozart’s Day

We are used nowadays to seeing a piano, whether in a concerto or a jazz trio or a solo recital.

But the piano has not always been the instrument of eighty-eight keys that we know today.

In Mozart’s day the piano was a new instrument, having been invented only fifty years before he was born. But the piano was an instrument that Mozart took to with enthusiasm. What is amazing is that for all the complexity of his compositions, pianos in those days had far fewer keys. Not only that but the exact number of keys varied between manufacturers. So one might see a piano with fifty-three keys and another with fifty-six keys.

In Austria, Viennese-style pianos had wooden frames, and each note sounded a double note from two strings. Mozart composed his concertos and sonatas on instruments like this, Tamara bought several CDs when we were in Austria during her Mozart-groupie visit as she called it. One of the CDs features two pianists, a man and wife, playing Mozart compositions on such pianos.And you can hear the softer and more tremulous, airy sound these pianos make.

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Jazz is a Congratulations card featuring a grand piano seen from above with text 'Congratulations And All That Jazz' echoing the layout of the keyboard
Jazz