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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, May 15, 2015

R.I.P. BB King

BB King died yesterday (May 14) in Las Vegas - he was 89.
Guitarist, singer, icon, BB was one of the few who crossed the genres and was loved by all. Primarily a bluesman, he also moved in rock and roll circles as well as being not unknown amongst the jazz fraternity.
I saw him live at the North Sea Jazz Festival at the Hague back in the 1980s but my biggest memory was at the same festival when I didn't see him but most certainly heard him.
It was a hot July day and BB was performing inside a marque. All tickets were sold but, by sitting on a grassy knoll outside (a bit like Henman Hill or Murray Mound at Wimbledon), the sound came across loud and clear. A glass of bessenjenever (a Dutch blackcurrent gin), a plate of Maatjesharing (pickled raw herring) and the greatest blues singing of the later 20th century was as near to Shangri-la as I've known.
May he Rest In Peace.
Lance.
(Photo courtesy of Andy Hudson - see comments - taken at Capital Jazz Festival)

2 comments :

  1. Very sad ref BB King- One of the last of the legends that I had the privilege of working with in the 70s and 80s. He was always the perfect gentleman and an efficient ultimate artiste, non-fussy , non-demanding , no whinges about riders or any such nonsense.

    He just hit the stage with his trusty “Lucille” and played and sang (Lucille of course being the guitar –for aficionados was originally a Gibson L-30 – This morphed over time so that Gibson eventually produced their own “Lucille” model for general release).

    When I left the North East in 79, after producing that Middlesbrough Jazz event at Ayresome Park, He was a headliner in the first Alexandra Palace Jazz Festival along with Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Hampton, Dizzy and many more. He continued to be a regular in our festivals into the 90s. Always a joy to work with, watch and listen to. Will be much missed

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  2. In his autobiography B.B. King talks about his favourite guitarists and says - for example 'Id listen to records by Barney Kessel, the great jazz guitarist who played at many Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts, and my jaw would drop. I was awe struck by the structure of his ad-libs. He had the gift of being complicated and simple at the same time. His amplified voice on guitar had a calm beauty that felt like poetry. I followed Barney Kessel's musical stories like a kid following a fairy-tale.

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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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