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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Monday, May 12, 2014

More Deaths

In tonight's Shields Gazette the death is announced of Richard (Dick) Close. Dickie, as he was invariably known, was a fine pianist - not a jazzman but a capable club/lounge piano player. Dickie was 88.
I recall a gig I had at Hebburn Newtown Club in 1968. I'd booked Dickie for the gig but he put in a dep - his son Richie, then aged 15/16. The doorman wasn't even going to let him in the club - he had his music in his school satchel! When I discovered the situation I went berserk - until I heard him play!
In present day terms Richie was the Harley Johnson/James Harrison of his day. He went on to become accompanist for Tony Christie, and a much respected session musician, arranger and composer for ITV in Manchester.
Sadly Richie contracted Legionnaires Disease in Spain and died, aged 39, in 1992. I don't think his dad ever quite got over it. 
As I type this I've just received the news that well known ex bandleader Bill Sowerby died last night aged 87. The trumpet player came north to work with the Don Smith band at The Oxford Galleries in Newcastle. Prior to that he was in the Ken Mackintosh band. Later he went on to lead his own bands on Tyneside and Teesside.
A well respected musician. Thank you Ray Harley for relaying the sad news.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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