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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Goodman: “...maybe Fletcher [Henderson] isn't the best pianist going, but he knows what we want.– (Down Beat December 15, 1939).

Sonny Rollins: “I don't feel I'm as great as they think I am.– (Down Beat November 28, 1956).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Sunday February 7

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Phil Richardson (solo piano) - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2:00pm.
Ralph Keeley - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Improvisers Workshop - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Teresa Watson Band - Tyne Bar. 3:00pm (first set 3:30pm) Free. Line-up includes Johnny Whitehill.
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Evening.
George Burt (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Corey Mwamba (vbs) - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6 (conc). 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant - Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8-10pm. Free.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Interview with Anne DeVere


Anne, did you have a musical background?
My parents were both musical--father pianist, mother singer--they played in Concert parties in the 1930's.
Who were your early favourites?
My first inspiration was butterscotch Ella Fitzgerald, then came Carmen McRae and Peggy Lee.
Do you recall your first gigs?
First gig was at the Rex Hotel Whitley Bay with a Big Band but within a few weeks I got the gig at La Dolce Vita with the Bob Stephenson Quintet 7 nights per week.
There must be many things that stand out from those days...
Highlight was going to a party with Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and having a long chat with Eric Dixon, tenor player in Basie band.
Any others?
2 Trips to New York, great Jazz at the Blue Note and uptown Smoke.
Was kissed by Toots Theilemans and chatted to Benny Golson at Smoke. Have loads of pics but they are framed!
Favourite discs?
Always more into Jazz quintets and spent my pocket money at Windows buying 'Blue Note' and Esquire pressings e.g Oliver Nelson, Lee Morgan, Shelly Manne at the Black Hawk and fell overboard for Vic Feldman.
What did you do after La Dolce Vita?
I worked semi pro with a few dance outfits. Once did a gig with violin, accordion, and drums YIKE!! and got the Job at The Mayfair Ballroom with Wilf Ray's Band.
You did however, also do many gigs with Bill alongside some very well known names.
I have done, with Bill over the last 20 years, we worked with the great British heroes-----------Alan Barnes, Roy Williams, Bruce Adams, Warren Vaché (American), the lovely Tommy Whittle and Janusz Carmello - Ok that's enough name dropping!!
How do you see yourself?
I am regarded as a singer but my knowledge of instrumental jazz and personnel  even surprised Bill, my husband. I could pick out bass players on Albums I had never heard before -- (my party piece). I am a friend of Spike Heatley here in France and we swap CDs. We have the same warped sense of humour. 
Do you work in France?
Not doing anything just now but have worked here at various venues including the Jazz Fest at Chateauneuf-du Faou where Bruce Adams sometimes plays.
Dislikes?
I hate 'fire at the zoo 'jazz'. 
The future?
Not sure about MY future never mind the jazz scene but will keep on truckin' till the end!!
Thanks Anne - Perhaps now that Roly's back at the Black Bull we may see you and Bill at Blaydon sometime?
Who knows?  
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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