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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Wednesday January 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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 - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

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Blues

Blues - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00. Free.

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

I've Got the Exchange Blues - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 8:00pm. Free. Weekly blues jam session.

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CD Review - Tony Crombie and his Friends: Whole Lotta Tony.

Tommy Whittle or Bobby Wellins (ten); Harold McNair (alt/fl); Gordon Beck (pno/hpsc); Malcolm Cecil (bs); Tony Crombie (dms). 1961.
In the days before Ronnie's the Flamingo on Wardour St was the place to be and I spent many a night as a callow youth enthralled by the music that was then so new to me. This long-awaited reissue from the old Ember label is more than welcome. Not only does it bring back memories of living and working in London but it also makes me realise just how much wonderful modern jazz was around at the time. Imagine taking bands like this one, The Jazz Couriers, The Eddie Thompson Trio, The Ronnie Ross Quintet for granted! I was in heaven and didn't know it!
I digress - the CD! Where do I begin? An early example of the late and very great Gordon Beck on piano (and harpsichord), Emcee Five bassist Malcolm Cecil, rare Harold McNair flute and alto, Tommy Whittle and Bobby Wellins blowing fine tenor and some truly melodic compositions from drummer/leader Crombie. That's right - a drummer thinking and writing melodically!
Seriously it's a great album proving that even 50 years ago, despite the tunnel-visioned British jazz critics of the time, British Jazz could compete on the world stage.
I wish I could look back in anger and be there all over again but, in the absence of a time machine, this disc will do very nicely thank you very much.
Lance.
PS: and Tommy and Bobby are still blowing great tenor!
Tony Crombie and his Friends - Whole Lotta Tony is due for release on December 5, 2011 on the Fantastic Voyage label.

2 comments :

Ann Alex said...

Lance, Could Tony Crombie be related to Keith Crombie? Could anyone be related to Keith Crombie, or is he too much of a one off?

Lance said...

Both are/were one offs! Tony Crombie's skills were somewhat different to Keith's.

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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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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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