Sunday 11th June 2017
£40.00 - £65.00
A live theatrical journey through Sir Michael Parkinson’s musical DNA in words, pictures and performance featuring Sir Michael himself in conversation with his son plus very special musical guest: Joe Stilgoe.
Sir Michael Parkinson’s early life was steeped in music. The air in his birthplace Cudworth might have been tinged with sulphur from the coal mine but it was also sweetened by the brass of the Grimethorpe colliery band and the voices of the choirs of the five non-conformist chapels singing The Messiah. Aged 13, before teenagers were invented, his lifelong love of music was confirmed when he and his friends gathered at the bandstand in Barnsley and heard on their crystal radio set the great Satchmo invent modern jazz and popular music.
Alongside his interviewing and writing Sir Michael has spent much of his career promoting the appreciation of the music of the Great American Songbook and encouraging those of the new generation who are fighting to keep that flame alive. In the process he has developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of that genre as well as interviewing some of the greats and finding time to talent spot the likes of Buble, Krall and Cullum. But he is much more than a jazzer. His taste in music takes in everything from Razorlight to Paul Simon, The Beatles to Oasis with the consequence that Sir Michael’s seal of approval came to mean a great deal with every record label in the country wanting to bottle his A&R talent.
Sir Michael’s knowledge, passion and love of music in all its forms is celebrated in a new show to be premiered at Ronnie Scott’s. In conversation with the multi-talented Joe Stilgoe using clips of classic musical moments from the Parkinson archive featuring performances and interviews with the likes of George Shearing, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby alongside live music from Joe this will be a fascinating , entertaining and informative journey to the musical heart of Sir Michael Parkinson.
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