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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

Archives.

Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joe Sample’s crusade is at an end

(Obituary by Russell)
Joe Sample, founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, has died at 75. In his home town of Houston, Texas, Sample formed a band in high school with friends Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper. Later they recruited trombonist Wayne Henderson, changed their name to the Jazz Crusaders, and in a few short years would hit the big time.
In the ‘70s a further name change – dropping the word ‘Jazz’ – did little harm and a European tour called into Newcastle City Hall. By this time Larry Carlton was on board and a sold-out audience heard the best jazz-funk-soul outfit on the planet give a memorable performance. Tyneside legends Last Exit (bass player Gordon Sumner) cancelled their weekly residency at the Gosforth Hotel in order to be at the gig!
Check out Put It Where You Want It (on CD or YouTube) and the 1974 studio album Southern Comfort (hear the scarcely suppressed whoops and hollers of those in on the session as they burn it up on Greasy Spoon).
Sample forged a solo career releasing numerous albums and worked as a sideman on countless sessions including Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell and BB King.    
Russell.
Obit in NY Times.

1 comment :

  1. Holy shit, stunned. RIP Joe, a true stellar star. Was watching him today on youtube, spooky

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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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