Author: Louise Balkwill

Interview with Puppini Sister Kate Mullins

Interview with Puppini Sister Kate Mullins

Q: When did you decide that you wanted to be a professional musician? A: In that weird sort of way that kids seem to know what really makes them happy, I always imagined I’d be a musician and that one day I’d have a record […]

100 Years of Jazz: The Prohibition

100 Years of Jazz: The Prohibition

The Prohibition Blog by Louise Balkwill As what we have come to know as “Traditional Jazz” grew in popularity and spread from New Orleans across the whole of America, new inventions and political changes also began to shape the music. The Prohibition in the United […]

100 Years of Jazz: Microphone Singers

100 Years of Jazz: Microphone Singers

Microphone Singers Blog by Louise Balkwill Until the 1920′, singing was a very different art; There were no microphones suitable for singing, so if you wanted to be a singer you had to be able to project your voice in a way that made it […]

100 Years of Jazz: Traditional Jazz

100 Years of Jazz: Traditional Jazz

Traditional Jazz Blog by Louise Balkwill If you have been following this blog series, you have read about ragtime music – a genre of piano-based music played from sheet music for high society. You will have also heard some blues – heavily improvised music, used […]

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

By Louise Balkwill In this blog post, I will be raving about one of the most important, versatile, best loved but least accredited instruments in western music’s modern (and not so modern) history – yes, that’s right, the Double Bass! The Double Bass (also known […]

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

Blues Blog by Louise Balkwill Alongside the evolution of the music from Congo Square in the 19th Century, before the abolition of the slave trade in America, another type of slave music grew in the Southern plantations; Blues. Blues found its origins in the Mississippi […]