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Kathyrn Williams: “I got into Miles Davis when I was a teenager. But I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable as Anthony [Kerr]: he is an encyclopedia of jazz, with a real in-depth, academic knowledge. I’m just a fan.” – (Jazz Journal December 2017).

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Wednesday January 17

Afternoon

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

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Evening

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Farewell - Blossom Dearie

I feel sad - very sad - hearing of the death of Blossom Dearie on Feb 7. I vividly remember her gig at Newcastle's University Theatre back in the 1970's/80's. So much class, so much talent - charisma to spare. It was only a few months back that I was waxing eloquently in these columns over her version of "They Say It's Spring".
Never has such a small voice delivered so much.
And now she's gone and the world of jazz vocal is that much poorer.
She was 82.
Thank goodness we've got the recorded legacy.
I'm obliged to Russell for passing on this sad news.
Listen here. Listen again. (From John Taylor)
Lance

3 comments :

Roly said...

Yes - very sad. She was special. She had all the necessary attributes of an international class jazz artist, time, touch, feel etc. but possessed that extra ingredient that sets her apart - total uniqueness.
Roly

Hil said...

I remember hearing Blossom at Ronnie Scotts in the late 60's.

I just loved her, and her wonderful sweet voice.

RIP.

John Taylor said...

Hil mentioned hearing Blossom Dearie at Ronnie Scott's
My first "non trad" LP was Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's. I now also have the official CD released a few years ago
Blossom voice was that of a female Chet Baker - a one off!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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