Skip to content

CONAL FOWKES INTERVIEWED ON THE PAUL LESLIE HOUR

Conal Fowkes is not necessarily a household name but I’ll bet you’ve heard his music. If you have seen any Woody Allen films in the last decade, chances are you have. For he’s been for many years the pianist who has played with Woody at his Monday evening gigs at New York’s Café Carlyle, and more recently has replaced Dick Hyman as Woody’s go-to pianist for his films.

 

It was a thrill for me to see and hear Conal interviewed recently by the wonderful Paul Leslie on his podcast The Paul Leslie Hour (here). Paul and I share a love for Conal’s album Dizzy Fingers which is only available on his website (here).

Like most working musicians, Conal has had a lot of time to reflect at home these days. Although he performed last summer at a virtual jazz music festival in Spain, he’s spent his days spending “many, many hours of private practice which has been sort of a luxury.” Aside from practicing, he’s also been learning to use some home recording equipment. Among the pianists who have influenced his style but among the standouts include Jay McShann and Oscar Peterson whom he was introduced to by his father. Other major influences include Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, James P. Johnson and George Shearing.

On the subject of the loss of his dear friend and band leader Eddy Davis, Conal says he “was a larger-than-life character. I was around him for twenty-two years pretty intensely; he was one of the most exuberant and enthusiastic musicians that I’ve been around, and that kind of vibe really rubs off. I’ve got to thank Eddy for a million things that he turned me on to, that he introduced me to musically speaking … Eddy could see the kernel of a piece of music very quickly and make you aware of it. He had an amazingly packed life; he was almost 80 when he died, and he seems to have put into one life what most people would need two or three lives to do. He grew up at a time that was maybe a richer, healthier time for jazz music. So, he was right there with a lot of the greats that were making that music and taking part in it. Conal recalled a friend telling him “when someone like Eddy dies it’s like a library was burned down. Another Eddy Davis is not going to come along again.”

He and his fellow jazz musicians feel fairly certain that they will resume shows at The Café Carlyle, but they can’t return until the city and the union of hotel workers allow for shows. It was Eddy who founded the group so his presence was very large when they played together – how shows will go on without Eddy and his banjo remains to be seen. Regardless, I hope to be at a table in the audience to welcome them back.

 

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo
LET-ME-HELP-LOGO

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top