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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, July 06, 2015

Fred Rowe Retires

Last Wednesday, Fred Rowe retired from playing after an involvement that lasted 70 years. I think Fred’s now 86 but it was his car rather than his lip that let him down. MOT!
I went along to his last session at the Crescent Club and met one of Fred's oldest fans (still wearing the badge of the old Newcastle Rhythm Club!).
No change in Fred's playing, he played Alex Welsh style before Alex Welsh started! As usual, Fred's encyclopaedic knowledge came to the fore with such tunes as Straight From The Wood, coupled with wry introductions, vocals and his biting cornet. Typical Fred - except for the absence of the little chip of wood he used to drop on the floor and stomp off the numbers – nothings changed. Has he put it on eBay?
I have only known Fred for 40 years, playing alongside him in the Tyne Valley Stompers (in fact I think I might be the only one still playing). I'm sure I won't be the only one to be sorry he has stopped gigging - but I bet he won't put his cornet back in the box.
John Carstairs Hallam

2 comments :

  1. Sorry to here this Fred. Always loved your playing. Best wishes. Roly

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  2. One of the real nice guys of jazz, enjoy your retirement, Fred!

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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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