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Bebop Spoken There

Joey Calderazzo: "Playing the standard repertoire is a pretty good barometer of where one is as a jazz musician" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Tuesday December 18

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00. ‘The Gala Big Band Does Christmas’. SOLD OUT!

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

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Mingus Oh Yeah

Hanging around South Shields Market today - I'm an inveterate hanger around of markets - I came across a CD - Mingus Oh Yeah. I shrugged, I've had it on vinyl for years and wasn't really bothered about duplicating it on CD. However, when I noticed there was a previously unreleased 24 minute  interview with Mingus by Atlantic guiro Nesumi Ertegun the three quid tag looked a bargain - and it was!
For those, unfamiliar with the disc Mingus Oh Yeah has the bass player on piano singing and playing some blues inspired originals. Booker Ervin, Roland Kirk, Jimmy Knepper and Danny Richmond are in there along with Doug Watkins who merely has to play bass in a Mingus led band - no pressure!
However, the interview is where my £3 went solid gold...
It's a fantastic insight into the mind of the man (and not an f word in sight) as he recalls his early days playing with Kid Ory, Louis, Hamp, T-Bone Walker and memories of others such as Blanton and Red Callender.
There are also some great Bebop Spoken There type quotes -
"If it can't be played by the composer he shouldn't give it to anyone else to play."
"If you make a mistake, remember it and next time make it part of the music."
A giant in every sense of the word.
Lance.
PS: Upon reflection I think this was possibly the first "Free" music I ever heard - I liked it. However, in retrospect, I realise it wasn't really free it just pushed the boundaries a little bit further.



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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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