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PHILIP KEY'S ARTS DIARY: Unlikely fusion of jazz and jokes.

Byline: PHILIP KEY

LIVERPOOL jazz musician David Fishel has returned to his native city with a plan that comes to fruition next month.

For the last two decades,he has been living in Norway working as a musician, radio producer and presenter.

He also made money writing radio advertising jingles including, for six years, the music ads for CocaCola. But jazz has always been his thing and he has,he claims, ``a new concept in live entertainment''. He wants to mix jazz and jokes. That means an unlikely fusion of jazz and stand-up comedy. He will try out the idea at a series of regular Monday night sessions at Liverpool's Metro in Victoria Street from September 1 under the title Jazz `n' Jokes.

``It will bring together the classic jam session where visiting musicians are invited to improvise with a house band and the open mike comedy night,'' he says. ``We think this is the first time the two art forms have been brought together in the North West.''

Fishel, who says he is ``hap-piest when jamming on piano'', came up with the idea when he realised there were parallels between jazz artists and comedians. ``Both stand there, often alone and baring their souls,'' he says.

``The jazz artist and the stand-up bothhavelots to say. They rely on an instinctive sense of timing, they have spontaneity and use a naturegivenbut hard-earned language of improvisation.''

The Metro sessions will feature a house band with Fishel on piano, Johnny Mac (acoustic and electric bass) and Dave Joseph (drums and percussion). They will play a short set followed by a free-for-all jam session by differing combinations of jazz musicians alternating with performances from stand-up comics.

8 The Jazz n Jokes session at The Metro,Fowlers Buildings, runs on Mondays, 9pm- 2 am from September 1 with free admission. 0151-236 2200.
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