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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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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 01, 2015

RIP Johnny Keating.

Trombonist/arranger Johnny Keating died aged 87 on May 28. From being a trombonist/arranger with the Ted Heath Band he moved into the world of pop and film scoring. He achieved much recognition for his work with such entertainers such as Tony Bennett and Carmen McRae. He also combined with Johnny Worth AKA Les Vandyke to write Well I Ask You for sixties pop star Eden Kane. Johnny Worth, incidentally, is the father of bass guitarist Christos Worsley who was quite active on the local scene a few years back (HCW).
Keating also wrote Headin' North - a train song recorded by Heath and later by a small group of his own that is as good as any of the better known choo choo chunes and worthy of being shunted out of the sidings. He wrote and arranged many, many more...
These are just a few of the thoughts that crossed my mind on hearing the sad news.
He will be sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

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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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