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    Default What to wear when playing jazz?

    Hello, dear friends,

    you might know I'm a bassist, classical by training. I play piano, too, and love jazz, but more as a listener than a player. Lately, I've had the urge to try some jazz, get my hands on it, so I ordered some piano books form a wonderful pianist and educator, David Pearl. One of them is a Billy Strayhorn album. Way more than top, middle, and bottom notes, we are into 9th chords, even augmented 13ths. Thick, consonant and dissonant all at once. SO, what goes with Billy Strayhorn? Better, what would Billy wear? Initial suspicion is Guerlain—is this my moment for trying the Guerlain masculines at last?



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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    Something smokey, with slightly leathery, cigar smoke, type notes, maybe a touch of booziness? When I think of Jazz I think opulent art deco lounges, with ladies in long evening gowns with cigarettes in the long holders, alcohol in hand, and the men dressed in tuxedos or suits with fedoras and cigars in their hands.

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    Sounds like I need to layer my Caron Yatagan with something tuberose and/or gardenia, Beaux (may I call you that?). You hit the nail on the head. Excellent call (;
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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    [yes you may] and thank you, you said Jazz and the picture you posted just put the imagery in my head.

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    Strayhorn was only 17 when he wrote Lush Life, with it's complex harmonies, and incredible lyrics—look for internal rhymes and sophisticated wordplay—perfect to accompany the photo:


    I used to visit all the very gay places
    Those come-what-may places
    Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life
    To get the feel of life from jazz and cocktails

    The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
    With distingue traces that used to be there
    You could see where they'd been washed away
    By too many through the day, twelve o'clock tales

    Then you came along with your siren song
    To tempt me to madness
    I thought for awhile that your poignant smile
    Was tinged with the sadness of a great love for me
    Ah yes, I was wrong
    Again, I was wrong

    Life is lonely again and only last year
    Everything seemed so sure
    Now life is awful again
    A trough full of hearts could only be a bore

    A week in Paris could ease the bite of it
    All I care is to smile in spite of it

    I'll forget you, I will while yet you are still
    Burning inside my brain romance is mush
    Stifling those who strive

    So I'll live a lush life in some small dive
    And there I'll be
    While I rot with the rest of those
    Whose lives are lonely too
    Note: some lyrics sites get "distingué traces" wrong, and set it down as "distant gay traces". Having used "gay" in the first stanza, Strayhorn was far more likely to play on it with "distingué" that to merely repeat the word, as in the "jazz and cocktails"/"twelve o'clock tales" riff in the same song.
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    I have to admit I was curious so I listened to one of his songs on youtube. Wow, how cool was that... I was blown away.

    I'd say vintage Cabochard by Gres

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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    Fantastic! I am a huge jazz lover. I would try Caron-Tabac Blond, Balmain-Ivoire, EL-Azuree, Serge Lutens-Iris Silver Mist, Bois Oriental, to start.

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    What about ysl live jazz? At least the name fits perfectly...

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    I'd go with something smoky, dark and....cozy. Intrigant Patchouli, Black Tournaline, Tabac Blond...


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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    Do I have to be "that guy" and say Jazz or Live Jazz by YSL

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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    Knize Ten- for the more classic, established musical trends, sub-trends, genres and sub-genres within Jazz
    Some experimental CDG or Voyage d'Hermes- for playing the more experimental, non-linear, highly individual way

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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    Samsara would be perfect.

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    Strayhorn- what a genius. His collaborations with Ellington....eternal
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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    Wow, what a handsome and superbly talented man he was.

    Such a combo along with your Guerlain suspicions makes me think Derby! But to be more period-accurate with something that was around in Strayhorn's day?

    Rochas Moustache?

    And here's one I've never smelled but the idea/description of it immediately came to mind when I listened to Strayhorn's music just now:




    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/175503 Probably really difficult to find though??? But Yatagan is close enough to all, and I think Yatgan is great on a woman.

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    Lancome Magie Noire
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    Magie Noire I have, the rest are all so inspiring, and many are the floral/leather/tobacco vibe I just love. I think I'll start with Tabac Blond and proceed. Vintage or current. I am a vintage fan, but I like to be practical at least some of the time. Thanks to all for such great suggestions and insights. After i get the piano tuned and practice, I'll post a video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    After i get the piano tuned and practice, I'll post a video.
    Yes, please!


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    Echoing Tabac Blond, and adding Caron Poivre to the list - smells like a carnation who has fallen among evil companions. Not a "nice girl" perfume at all, but more for a girl who WOULD.....frequent after hour jazz dives.
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    Where does one even find Tabac Blond these days? All that's on ebay is a 22 ml decant.
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    Oh, Jujy, you never cease to amaze. That is wonderful that you are learning jazz piano! Please do post a video sometime!!! I'm a huge jazz fan and love Billy Strayhorn (how could one not???) Anyway, I do agree with a smoky, tobacco scent. What about Fumerie Turque or Habanita? Somehow, I can also imagine a really sweet, gently honeyed floral too; jazz can really hit a sweet spot and give such pleasure. Perhaps something like Sweet Redemption, but maybe that is a bit too sweet. Acqua Allegoria Nerolia also popped in my head, but that is probably too light. I'll have to think. If you were playing Fats Waller's Honeysuckle Rose, then that might be easier to match! lol...

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    I second Samsara. And Habanita would be wonderful, too.

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    Tabu.... be bad.
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    Definitely Cabochard
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    Tabac Blond - yes
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    Luca Turin compared Amouage Lyric to a jazz piece, with its thick fruity dissonant notes. Though my knowledge of jazz is limited, I agree that Lyric is quite strange, with a winey feel and lots of notes coming up.

    Current tabac blond is so so in the edt. The top of the parfum is wonderful, whiskey, boozy, rich; but then I feel it becomes a touch too sweet in the drydown. Plus the parfum is expensive, as usual.

    cacio

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    Default Re: What to wear when playing jazz?

    I noticed they have Tabac Blond on LuckyScent. I still believe the best juice is from Paris. (Contact The Shopfrance site on Ebay-not affiliated)

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    Samsara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    Where does one even find Tabac Blond these days? All that's on ebay is a 22 ml decant.
    I bought pure perfume on Lucky Scent and it smells GREAT!
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