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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sad News on Ray Truscott.

Ray passed away in the early hours of yesterday. This is the saddest thing.
He was a phenomenal musician / trailblazer and I know that I was always proud to be in his company.
Although I`d only known him for a couple of years, I wish that we had crossed paths much, much, earlier.
I know that all who knew him will be saddened.
Robin Douthwaite.

4 comments :

  1. Sad news indeed. A fine bass guitarist, he will be remembered from his early day with Alan Glen to recent sessions at the Jazz Café and the 'Chilli'. He will also be remembered in Florida where he spent many Summers escaping our Winters. RIP Ray. A proper obituary will be posted as facts and comments are collated. We loved you even though I did usually spell your surname wrong. Sadly, I won't be able to make that mistake again...

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  2. Hi Lance
    A friend of mine who is friendly with Ray & his wife Sylvie (adjacent allotments) has just contacted me with the sad news that Ray has just died from cancer. She’s not sure how many in the local jazz community would be aware of this.

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  3. Sad about Ray,,, Ray worked with me for many years always loads of fun on a gig , I have some nice pics, big band also jazz trio with Dave Black and a few more so sad,

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  4. Ernie Jackson (on F/b)Friday, May 15, 2015 5:45:00 pm

    Very sad news .I worked with Ray quite a lot a really nice guy and a great bass player RIP

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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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