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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Tuesday August 14

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book (s) of the Year

Enjoying reading Herbie Hancock's Possibilities (Viking Press). This particular paragraph re the Mwandishi Orchestra made a lot of sense.
"And everybody was really into percussion, partly because it sounded good but also we wanted something to do when the solos were happening. It's a little dull watching five guys standing around on stage while one of them goes off on his solo, so we'd pick up anything we could find and bang on it.."
If Ann Alex had been around with her coffee cup and saucer the session would have really percolated!
Definitely my Autobiog of the year.
On the fictional side, Mark Robertson's Off Key (Pub. Matador) will take some catching. A superb novel set amid the glitz and squalor of jazz in the north east by a writer/musician operating on the inside. If you've got any vouchers leftover from Xmas then either/both will make you appreciative of the great aunt who gave you them.
Lance.

1 comment :

Mark Robertson said...

Me and Herbie . . . I can live with that! As always much appreciated. Happy New Year.

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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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