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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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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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