Desert Island Jazz
Michael Burman (2001)
Born in South Wales, Michael discovered jazz by accident in his early teens when he misheard the title of a piece of music coming up on the radio and began to record Johnny Hodges and Things Ain't What They Used to Be with Duke Ellington, on his reel-to-reel recorder.

"I was a true child of the 60s, so of course I also listened to the Beatles, the Stones, the Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Manfred Mann, the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the Moody Blues, and Spencer Davis," recalls the Peninsula-based software programmer.

"But at the same time I loved jazz music. There was very little jazz on the radio (BBC) in those days - only two hours per week, so it was difficult to hear a lot of jazz. But in my mid-teens I discovered, to my surprise, that there were several other 'weird' kids at my school, and we used to listen to each others' music: Cannonball, Miles, Oliver Nelson, Jazz Messingers."
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Dave Brubeck Dave Digs Disney Someday My Prince Will Come (Columbia)
# 2 Charlie Parker Yardbird Suite Ko-Ko (Rhino)
# 3 Thelonious Monk Monk We See (OJC)
# 4 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers Old Devil Moon (Capitol)
# 5 Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson Very Tall Work Song (Verve)
# 6 Dick Hyman Music of 1937 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Concord)
# 7 Johnny Hodges The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions, 1956-61 The Last Time I Saw Paris (Mosaic)
# 8 Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band featuring Zoot Sims Concert Jazz Band Compact Jazz Apple Core (Verve)
Book Anthony Powell, "A Dance to the Music of Time"
Luxury Item A kettle, a teapot, and a supply of black tea
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Aaron Germain
06 Jan