It was no mere coincidence. Jazz fusion guitarist John Etheridge and jazz guitarist Pete Oxley performed “Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho” in the Albion Beatnik Bookstore . The book store is in Jericho, my favorite neighborhood in Oxford, UK.
Etheridge said the song was on the very first album he owned that was recorded by Grant Green , my former father in law and subject of an upcoming documentary. The album in question was Green’s 1963 Feelin’ The Spirit.
Oxley is one of the founders of Oxford’s Spin Jazz Club, a well regarded UK music venue. Among the other songs he and Etheridge performed were “Corcavado,” “Blue in Green,” “In a Sentimental Mood” and “All Blues.
As I continue prepping for this fall’s “Bebop to Hip Hop: Young America and Music” course, I look forward to listening to “Out of the Sky,” Etheridge’s CD with Vimala Rowe. It’s a new release. Etheridge has played with, among others, late era Soft Machine.
Special thanks to Dennis Harrison, proprietor of the Albion, for making jazz music accessible to everyday people in his eclectic store. He writes very thoughtful essays on many subjects including ones related to music. See the store’s website to learn more.