Musically Illustrated Talks

For several years I have entertained (and perhaps even educated) people with various themed talks on aspects of the Jazz Age. These talks generally take place at community centres or places of adult learning. Many of my audiences have been WI and U3A groups in Oxfordshire and beyond. I have also run workshops in schools with some of my jazz colleagues. I currently have around a dozen talks which are listed below. Since 2015, I have given recitals wherein I take on the persona of the great Harlem stride piano master Willie "The Lion" Smith. These performances have been hugely popular, containing a lot of humour and piano pyrotechnics.

Jazz Talks with Nick Gill and sometimes other musicians and singers

 

An Audience with Willie "The Lion" Smith

 

The Life and Music of George Gershwin

 

Ragtime – popular and classical

 

The Life and Songs of Cole Porter

 

A Night in Harlem 1932 with Willie "The Lion" Smith

 

The Life and Songs of Irving Berlin

 

Billy Holiday – the tortured life and music of a jazz diva

 

The Life and Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

 

Thomas "Fats" Waller - that Cheerful Little Earful

 

Al Bowlly and the Noble Art of Crooning

 

The Life and Times of a Classic Jazz Pianist in the 21st Century

 

 

Blue Skies performed at an educational talk on the life and music of Irving Berlin

Swanee performed at an educational talk on the life and music of George Gershwin