Duke Ellington

"There's a big difference between an artist who's trying to be seen, and one who's trying to be heard," says Jonathan Meacham
Petite and lithe, Carleen Anderson took the stage in a black gown and launched into a 90-minute set of jazz and gospel at the legendary London jazz club, and such was her vocal power, that in an instant we all forgot the ephemera of the day just gone.
When a friend falls sick the least you can do is relieve them of their, one night only, Jessye Norman sings the American masters tickets and, surprisingly enough, I did - I am such a good friend.
"Your bags will be on carousel B - that's 'B' for Botox". This quip from the Virgin Atlantic flight service manager got a laugh from the passengers as we touched down in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, where agelessness is often at a premium.
As far as the blues were concerned Jimmy Page had technique and angst but lacked heartfelt sadness. Eric Clapton too - despite his lengthy period on heroin, trying, he said, to find the true pain at the heart of the blues - never quite got there.