Marvellous second live CD from New Zealand professional Harmonica player (and MandoHarp customer) Nola Mills. Jazz harmonica afficionados will particularly appreciate Nola's outstanding renditions of Larry Adler's Theme from Genevieve, George Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue and Summertime, as well as Herbie Hancock's classic Watermelon Man.
Harmonica: Nola Mills
Musical Director, Arranger, Piano and Rhodes Piano: Barry Brinson
Guitar: Bob Heinz
Bass: Michael Bell
Drums: Claude Askew
Self taught harmonica virtuoso Nola Mills began playing harmonica at the age of five in Christchurch. Nola formed an intimate relationship with jazz standards while immersed in the jazz-rich musical surroundings of her Trombonist father, Ray O'Daniels. During the 1960's Nola was featured in many concerts and night spots to considerable acclaim. Marriage then presented Nola with an invidious choice and she bravely decided her family came first, consigning her much-loved harmonicas to virtual oblivion for over thirty years.
By 1995, with her young family off her hands and time to mull over new directions, Nola reinstated her instruments and (encouraged by Christchurch vocalist Malcolm McNeill) began practicing with a view to performing in public again.
Extracted from first album liner notes by Executive Producer, Neill Pickard
Nola Mills was first introduced to the harmonica at the age of 5 by her father, Ray O'Daniels, who attempted to swap her over to trombone. Apart from the fact Nola couldn't hold a "trom", the harmonica stuck and has been developed into a lifetime of interesting work, both national and international.
Barry Brinson. You're just as likely to find Baz seated at a large Cathedral organ playing Bach, a Steinway playing Gershwin, or a Fender Rhodes playing Herbie Hancock, composing, arranging, and accompanying singers, violinists, and on occasions, even harmonica players!
Bob Heinz. Master Guitarist in any style - Jazz, Country, Rock'n'Roll, Funk, Classical (but not a capella as far as we know). Tutor, mentor, and friend to generations of students, loved by fellow musicians, an all-round good bloke. Whatever charts you put in front of Bob - he just plays good!
Michael Bell is a producer, composer, arranger, recording engineer and bass player. Michael's typical week might include arranging for big band, composing a film score for orchestra, performing, producing a video, running two businesses, producing pop singers, recording music for TV and featuring as a bassist on Nola's latest album.
Claude Askew hails from the US and is now living in Christchurch permanently. Claude graduated from Henderson State University in 1989 with a Bachelors of Music in Education with an emphasis in percussion. Claude was the drummer in the Premier Jazz Ensemble of the Premier United States Air Force Band in Washington DC and the Airmen of Note from November 1983 to June 2004. During this time Claude performed with Louie Bellson, Michael Brecker, Charley Byrd, Dianne Schuur, JJ Johnson, and Bobby Shew to name a few. Since moving to NZ Claude has been busy in performance, jazz education, drum/percussion clinics and teaching.
Extracted from CD liner notes
- As featured at many concerts and venues throughout New Zealand
- Material from Gershwin, Arlen, Shearing, Van Heusen, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock and Larry Adler
- Features harmonica, guitar, keyboards, drums and bass
- MandoHarp's latest favourite jazz harmonica album!!
- That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen)
- Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing)
- Theme from Genevieve (Larry Adler)
- All the Way (Cann/Van Heusen)
- C - Jam Blues (Count Basie)
- Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)
- Screw's Blues (Larry Adler)
- Summertime (George Gershwin)
- Somebody Loves Me (George Gershwin)
- Excerpts from Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin)
Contact Nola Mills on 03 351 9154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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