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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Monday February 27

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Farewell Joy Beverley (1924-2015)

I've been taken to task for not mentioning the passing of Joy Beverley - late of the Beverley Sisters. I argued that the widow of England footballer Billy Wright was hardly jazz. My complainant countered with - "Neither was Cilla Black!"
"But Cilla was...", I began.
"Have you got any of Cilla's albums?"
I admitted I hadn't.
"Have you got any by the Bevs?"
I blushed and confessed that I had, quickly adding that I didn't have any by Des O'Connor.
The lady rested her case.
Defeated, I fished out the MFP album Enchanting Beverley Sisters and stuck it on the player.
Okay, they weren't the Boswells or the Andrews but, listening to them singing standards such as Once in a While; A Cottage For Sale; The Nearness of You and others, made me realise there was more to them than Little Drummer Boy (or was it Little Donkey?).
The harmonies are simple but spot on and, in their formative years, impressed Glenn Miller and later worked with Eric Winstone and other big bands of the 40s/50s.
Television gave the girls their biggest break and, eventually, they hit the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running, unchanged, vocal group.
The twins, Teddie and Babs (now 88) are still alive. Joy died on August 31 aged 91.
RIP Joy. You and the twins left your mark on the UK popular music of the time.
Lance.
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1 comment :

  1. yes they were good entertainment back in the day.

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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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