I am very glad to be part of the line-up of some great festivals in the next few months. It is always a great pleasure to meet up with people I know, whether they are in the audience or playing the same stage. And meeting new people is so good too. Coming up are the festival in Poznan Poland and Ukestock in the Netherlands.
There is another type of concerts I love to do very much and that is Livingroom concerts and small intimate shows for Ukeclubs. Being close to the audience, having lots of interaction is really a great thing to do. And when there are lots of uke players around the fun is double for there is always loads to talk about. A nice example was the concert in Köln, Germany a couple of months ago. I would not mind to do this kind of thing more often.
Here is a short video showing showing the great atmosphere:
Ik ben erg blij in de komende maanden op een paar geweldige festivals te kunnen spelen. Het is altijd erg plezierig mensen te ontmoeten die ik ken of ze nu in het publiek zitten of op hetzelfde podium staan. Natuurlijk is het ook geweldig leuk nieuwe mensen te leren kennen. Het festival in Poznan Polen en Ukestock in Groningen komen er aan.
Er is een ander type concerten dat ik erg leuk vind om te doen: huiskamerconcerten en kleine intieme optredens bij ukulele clubs. Dicht bij het publiek met veel interactie is heel leuk om te doen. En als er veel ukulele spelers bij zijn is het dubbel leuk omdat er altijd veel te bepraten valt.
Een leuk voorbeeld was het concert in Keulen enkele maanden geleden. Ik zou het niet erg vinden dit baker te doen. Hierboven een korte video die de ambiance goed weergeeft
Are you a real Professor, people ask me quite often. I usually explain I am a professor in ukulology, but I am shure there are lots of people who know much more about ukuleles and still do not call themselves a professor. In fact the name Professor Peter came up when I startet playing with Doctor Dick as a ukulele duo. We wanted a name that was easy to remember, that sounded right and also had something to do with the music we played. There are more Doctors in music and more specific in Jazz, but…I never found another professor.
Untill I went looking for the expression “Jelly Roll”, an expression I found in a couple of songs. I found this wikipedia page about Jelly Roll Morton.
Apart from the information I was looking for about Jelly Rolls (it refers to certain female parts) I read about Jelly Roll Morton to be a Whorehouse Professor. Now that was an interesting read!
The next quote I found on the Wikipedia page: Cornetist Rex Stewart recalled that Morton had chosen “the nom de plume ‘Morton’ to protect his family from disgrace if he was identified as a whorehouse ‘professor’.
Every brothel seemed to have a pianoplayer playing live music. They were called Professor and besides bringing entertainment their job might have been to indicate the rhythm of the work being done.
More research about this fenomenon brought new references. For example this one: 12 Essential Performances from the Piano “Professors” of New Orleans
So at last I found a connection between music and the title of Professor. But should I be happy with it? I mean, I cannot see myself playing uke in a whorehouse. You cannot attribute to the atmosphere with a small instrument now can you?