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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 08, 2014

[To Stan Getz] "Isn't the saxophone the easiest instrument of all to play?"

[Getz's reply]: "Technically speaking, yes. I suppose it's the easiest from that point of view. Just to play the saxophone - well, that's not so hard to learn. But mere playing isn't enough. To be any good you have to play the saxophone properly, as you would any other instrument; you have to get a good musical sound and that is not so easy at all. The saxophone is - well, you might call it a b******d instrument. It's not pure, like the violin or the piano or the trumpet. You don't see any saxophones in symphony orchestras, you'll notice. The tenor, especially, is out of tune, in a sense, and a musician can pretty much make of the tenor saxophone what he will. That's one reason why there are so many tenor styles - or noises...To anyone just starting out who wants to study the tenor I'd suggest he first study piano, first learn what music itself is all about; the first thing is to become a musician, then a tenor saxophone player..."
From the sleeve notes to the above album. Thanks to Simon Spillett for sharing this quote which is very true.
Lance.

4 comments :

  1. Good job I learned piano first then eh?

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  2. Jude Murphy You hear the same questions about recorders, which are the easiest instrument in the world to play really, really badly.

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  3. so why didn't they teach us how to play piano in school first?

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  4. And also the tin whistle, it's a very accessible instrument, but it's easy to play badly by blowing too hard. Vin Garbutt and Joey Oliver are both good (folk tunes). And as for the banjo or the bodhran ...

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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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