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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).

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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

RIP Vic Ash.

Simon Spillett sent me the following sad news.
"With great sadness I can confirm that legendary clarinettist and saxophonist Vic Ash passed away this afternoon (October 24), aged 84.
We have lost not only one of the founding fathers of British modern jazz, and a truly gifted instrumentalist, but one of the true gentleman of the music profession. His talent, wit and wisdom will be missed by everyone who knew him - fans and fellow players alike.
Deepest condolences to Vic's wife Helen and their family.
Vic Ash (March 9 1930-October 24 2014)."
Sad news indeed - the first modern British clarinet player. One of the few capable of blowing bop on the instrument as well as being a fine tenor player.
Simon, of course, is perhaps as qualified as anyone to pass on this sad news collaborated with Vic on his autobiography I Blew it my Way - bebop, big bands and Sinatra.
Very sadly missed, may he rest in peace.
Obituary.
Lance.
PS: Vic's death is all the more personal for me as we share the same birthday.

2 comments :

  1. I saw Vic Ash many times on a sunday night at the Rialto York, way back on the 50's, remember buying one of my first EP's and it was his

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  2. I've read 'I Blew it my Way' - definitely 'a good read'.

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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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