One of the things we try to remember to bring to Chico Chica gigs is a metal camera case which we call the shop. There are three items we sell: Mélangerie, our first CD, The Glow of Havana, a 10” vinyl release and a piano book written by Barbara Snow called Animal Jazz . This book, published by Edition HH, sells surprisingly well. After all, piano players are less numerous than listeners so one would expect this to be too niche.
A band can sell what it likes at a show and I have been looking for ideas for suitable items other than the obvious t-shirt. I thought of cufflinks and even started talking to jeweller Lee Renee
. I envisaged Chico on the left and Chica on the right – or maybe the other way round. But sadly, this project became one of those myriad loose threads in my life which I hope one day to get back to.
In our other lives Barbara, Hilary and I are peripatetic instrumental teachers. Teachers are constantly recommending the purchase of books so why not write one’s own? Barbara Snow is more than adequately qualified. The fifteen pieces in Animal Jazz
evince a natural mastery of melody which is both simple and playful. Listen here
and I’m sure you’ll be as charmed by them as I am. You can buy a copy of Animal Jazz here
Or even better, come to a Chico Chica show and buy direct:
- Sicily Restaurant, London November 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
- Sandgate Hotel, Folkestone November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Bull’s Head, Barnes November 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm