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Bill Russo: "The use of valve trombones instead of slide trombones in the jazz orchestra would solve a great many ensemble problems" - (Melody Maker December 31, 1955). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Courtney Pine: “I haven’t really played the tenor for 11 years now.” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

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Today Tuesday September 1

Afternoon
Bell and Bucket Band - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm.
Evening.
Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1. 8:00pm. Free.
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The Exiles - The Fox, Hexham. 8.30pm. Free - Donations welcome. Postponed until Sept. 15.
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Ian Bosworth & Friends- Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.
Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band - New Crown, Mowbray Road, South Shields. 7:30pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Henry’s Swing Club - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8:30pm. Free.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

R.I.P. Pat Halcox


Trumpet player Pat Halcox died in the early hours of today. Best known for his association with Chris Barber - there 54 year long partnership was perhaps the longest in jazz history. I remember him from the band's early visits to Newcastle's City Hall to later appearances at The Sage. In between he  brought his All-Stars to the Corner House.
There was also the film, Look Back in Anger during which he very effectively ghosted Richsrd Burton's "trumpet playing".
Pat Halcox was 82.
Obituary
Lance.

7 comments :

  1. Yes, very sad. I know that Ron Bowden is still alive but Jim Bray passed away some years ago.
    Regarding Pat, he was a lovely, gentle, man who always made time to stop and chat. I remember he came up to Newcastle in the 1980's and guested for six nights with the River City. I found him a dream to play alongside,- he left spaces in all the right places and always concentrated on taste rather than showing us how many notes he could play. He really was a very good musician,- I know that people tend to associate the Chris Barber Band with Traditional Jazz only, but the fact is that from the 1960's onwards the band experimented with many different styles of music, including R&B, Gospel, compositions by Charles Mingus and Joe Harriet, and even forays into East European folk music, and Pat seemingly effortlessly mastered them all, playing either trumpet or flugel. I last saw Pat just a few days before he retired at the Alnwick Playhouse, - he was still playing well but told me that the extensive travelling was becoming a problem. He will be sadly missed by all his many friends.

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  2. Gordon - the six nights...were these at different venues across the north east?

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  3. I had a tape of Halcox with the River City which I foolishly loaned out and never got back.

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  4. I've got one somewhere Lance, would you like a copy?

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  5. If you can lay hands on it yes please. I'll email you my address and buy you a pint next time I see you.

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  6. OK Lance. I think the tape also has tracks with guests John Crocker and Mike Cotton.

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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.
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