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Bebop Spoken There

Bootsy Collins: "I had no training at all, man. Whatever I heard in my head, that's what came out." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Madeleine Peyroux: "What I'm searching for in singing is the form of communication that doesn't come through language". - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Wednesday August 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge w. special guests LICKETY SPLIT - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Jam Session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Vic Lewis - Almost the last of 'The Few'.

Back in the pre rock and roll days when Britain had a thriving big band scene one of the best was the Vic Lewis Orchestra who I saw many times at Newcastle City Hall. A powerhouse band playing Kenton style arrangements, it included such great soloists as Derek Humble, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Chamberlain and Kathy Stobart.
Although an able guitarist, Vic didn't play much but fronted the band with plenty panaché - his image helped by an RAF style handlebar moustache.
I remember one concert where a front row heckler constantly demanded they play "The Champ" - a popular Dizzy Gillespie number of that time. Vic eventually got fed up with this guy so he addressed him, friendly-like, from the stage. "Sir, you're obviously a music lover. why don't you come backstage afterwards we'll have a chat and a couple of beers." then his voice hardened, "I'll personally pour them down your throat - if you've got room for any more."
The audience roared its approval and the heckler, perhaps taking the threat seriously, kept his mouth shut.
Vic's death, aged 89, on Feb 9 is another severed link to the past.
Fortunately, I've got a couple of LPs of the band and a very good autobiography - "Music and Maiden Overs". Obit.
Lance

1 comment :

Liz said...

The very first EP I ever bought was Vic Lewis, wish I knew what happened to it.

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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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