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The Dear all,

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Jazz Guitar

Newsletter No. 5

Following on from our last clip ‘Ken’s pipe’, we posted some photos of Ken on Flickr, including this great image of him and his pipe. The photo was made a ‘favorite’ twice and was also invited into to the groups Tobacco Pipe Smokers Lounge and the Vintage Photos of Men Smoking Pipes. So Ken can now be found enjoying his pipe in the company of other greats, such as J.B. Priestley, Clark Gable and many more. There is something very evocative about the photos - a small window back to a more stylish time, perhaps? A time when you didn’t have to be 18 to look at a photo of a man holding his pipe! Anyway today you do have to be, so if you’re signed up to Flickr, we invite you to visit these wonderful galleries. Hats off to the passionate men and women behind the collections. I’m sure Ken would have managed to create an entire radio programme on the smoky subject. Ken was a calm and shy person. But as is often the case with reserved people, they hide another side of themselves. One famous Sykora tale is a wonderful anarchic moment in Ken’s life (but probably not the only one): check our new clip this week, The Fox Hunting Story, to see for yourself. Less than a week to go in our competition ‘Name Ken’s New Found Composition’. Thanks to the participants so far, all the entries are worthy winners; it is going to be tough for Alison, Dougal and Duncan to decide…Have you submitted yet your entry? You have until Wednesday 30th Nov, midnight! Ken’s archive Ken was a very melodic guitarist. Inspired as a child by the music of the Quintette du Hot Club de France and particularly Django Reinhardt, Ken taught himself the guitar - “although (he) wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else”, as he said to Roy Plomley on Desert Island Discs in 1962. He was discovered at the age of 19 by Ivor Mairants and invited to appear at a Geraldo concert, next to George Shearing. Within a few weeks he was recording with the likes of Jimmy Skidmore, Vic Lewis, Jack Parnell, Buddy Featherstonehaugh, all future stars of the British Jazz scene. These precious old recordings were found in Ken’s house: Angry, Squatty Roo, Between the Devil and the Deep, Tea for Two and Ken’s first guitar solo recorded in 1942 – all on 78 records. We bought an old gramophone player from eBay to be able to listen to the records. The seller turned out to be none other than Paul Daniels - magic! K S

Update on our fundraising campaign: We are pleased to say that we are raising good money outside our crowdfunding platform on Indiegogo (are people online shy??) but we still need to raise a lot more. Prices start as little as $5 (£3) and if we can persuade a big crowd to give a small amount, we can achieve our goal. If you have already contributed, thank you! Please do share this with your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances: ask them to ‘chuck a few quid in the bucket’.…before the site closes on the 15th December! Thank you again for all your support. Linda and Marc

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Newsletter 05  

Weekly newsletter for the documentary The Man with the Jazz Guitar, a film about jazz guitarist and radio broadcaster Ken Sykora. www.theman...

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