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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Saddest Day - R.I.P. HANK JONES

I'm indebted to Hilary Gilby for passing on the sad news that Hank Jones passed away yesterday (May 16) age 91.
A pianist to be remembered not just as a brilliant soloist, which he was, but as the sideman's sideman. His career saw him in the rhythm section of just about everyone not least as an accompanist to Ella Fitzgerald and many other singers, including Chris Connor and Shirley Horn, both live and on record.
Despite his inclination to remain in the shadows he nevertheless picked up 5 Grammy nominations winning a Lifetime Recognition award in 2009.
I remember a knockout trio set he played at the North Sea Jazz Festival with George Duvivier (bs) and Frank Gant (dms) - see photo - back in the early '80s as well as hearing him on innumerable LPs and CDs.
He was on piano when Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday Mister President to JFK in 1962.
RIP Hank - a true great.
Lance.

4 comments :

  1. Sad day indeed... he was one of my serious influences.
    Harley

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  2. Sad news. One of the greats - a musicians musician. In the late
    50s into the 60s Hank, Milt Hinton, Ossie Johnson and Barry Galbraith were known as THE New York rhythm section - the absolute top team for studio, session, reading work as well as straight ahead jazz playing.
    Roly

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  3. Hank Jones was the epitome of good taste! Wonderfully inventive, thoughtful, elegant soloist, and ultra-sympathetic accompanist.
    A sad loss - thank God for records!

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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