What are the odds?


On Tuesday I saw Joe Jackson. He played mostly his own stuff, much with the band, but solo on keyboards he also played a New Orleans, Professor Longhair-style version of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”.

Last night, about a hundred yards up the road, I saw the impressive Ian Shaw in the Guildhall Lounge. His whole set was solo on keyboards and he played a Mel Tormé- style (with scat singing) version of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”.

I’m prepared to bet such a thing has never occurred before in Pompey

I love coincidences.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

5 thoughts on “What are the odds?

    Careful with that money Dave !!!!
    I know when I became part of a band (circa 1964) , there were the obvious ‘favourites’ that would be included in the playlist … This scenario repeated generally around the country, with the result that you could pretty much guarantee that depending on the particular ‘genre’ of the local /visiting group, you could hear a selection of the same songs using the same format of instrumentation in the many venues that existed on our ‘island’ in those heady days………………..

  2. No that wasn’t coincidence Phil – Harlem Speakeasy played much the same covers material as the Soul Society etc. I was only having a bit of fun but “obvious favourites”? I reckon this was far less likely – Joe Jackson covering Joni Mitchell New Orleans R&B style?

  3. well if chance selection of tunes to demonstrate style and ability is the thought…………….Way to go lads………one of the finest from that “Lady of the canyon”……

  4. In my opinion Ian Shaw is up there with the best. Did you have a chat with him ?

  5. I didn’t Oscar but I really enjoyed him – remarkable singer and very entertaining. Serious jazz singing followed by the themes from Crossroads and Paddington Bear!

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