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Bebop Spoken There

Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Monday November 19

Afternoon.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Belated Obituary - Ralph Hutchinson

Ralph Hutchinson was born in Newcastle and lived, I believe, in the Walker area of the city - either Scrogg Rd., or Welbeck Rd. I don't suppose there's a blue plaque indicating the house although there should be.
Ralph was a trombone player who played with the legendary Tommy Sampson band before going to America in 1948.
Although he began as a bebop player with the extremely modern Sampson band which included Joe Temperley, in The States Ralph achieved acclaim with Muggsy Spanier's 1952 Ragtime Band before going into the studios where he worked on the Jackie Gleason Show. Ralph was with Muggsy for 5 years alongside clarinetist Darnell Howard, drummer Barrett Deems, bassist Truck Parham and pianist Floyd Bean. In a long article in the Mississippi Rag the trombonist recalls fellow slideman Trummy Young coming into a gig and saying to Ralph - "Just called in to see what I can steal from you."
As well as working as a musician he also moonlighted as a golf pro! (or should that be daylighted?)
Today I discovered Ralph died in July 2008 aged 83.
RIP Ralph - one of Newcastle's finest trombone players.
Lance.

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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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