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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Lighthouse Goes Dark

Howard Rumsey, bassist and entrepreneur, has died at 97. Born in Brawley, California, working in Vido Musso’s band Rumsey met Stan Kenton. He got the job in the first of Kenton’s own bands in 1941 and was featured on the 1942 Decca release Concerto for Doghouse. Rumsey worked with Charlie Barnet and Barney Bigard before forming his own outfit in 1949 to play at the Lighthouse, a café establishment, in Hermosa Beach.
The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, was to achieve world-wide fame. The Lighthouse All Stars – Rumsey’s resident band – certainly lived up to the name. Alumni include Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Max Roach, Jimmy Giuffre, Shelly Manne, Maynard Ferguson and Rolf Ericson. A who’s who of the 1950s jazz scene sat-in when out on the West Coast including Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Rumsey recorded several albums for Contemporary. The Lighthouse years secured his legacy. Howard Rumsey died on July 15 in Newport Beach, California.
In recent years Tony Eales, friend of Bebop Spoken Here, had the privilege of getting to know Rumsey when attending big band festivals on the West Coast. Thanks to Tony for conveying the sad news.       
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Derek Lambert on (F/b)Friday, July 24, 2015 1:52:00 pm

    Always a great line up at the Lighthouse.

    ReplyDelete

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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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