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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)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 22, 2015

RIP Gunther Schuller

Gunter Schuller passed away yesterday (June 21). Horn player, composer, theorist, writer and guiding force behind Thirdstream music - his attempt to fuse jazz and classical music as one.
He was also associated with Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions.
Gunter Schuller was 89. May he Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. His books "Early Jazz" and "The Swing Era" - particularly the latter - are absolutely essential reading for jazz enthusiasts. Schuller wrote them from the point of view of a highly skilled musician and listened as extensively as was possible in those pre-internet times to all available original recordings. One can very occasionally find inaccuracies and opinions which one might not agree with, but they are nonetheless a tour de force in the canon of jazz literature, and like the best of the genre, they always send me back to the records to refresh and reinvigorate the jazz muscles! He had intended to write a third volume dealing with modern jazz, but I guess time ran out on him - "The Swing Era" took him twenty-plus years to research and write.

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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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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.)
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