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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Phil Woods (Nov. 2, 1931 - Sept. 29, 2015)

One of the all-time great alto players, Phil Woods, passed away yesterday (Sept. 29). Heard him live only once - North Sea Jazz Festival back in the 80's but many times on disc. The early 10" LPs with fellow altoist Gene Quill, the European Rhythm Machine with Gordon Beck and on to the various mainland Europe big bands. An ace player. However, what I think really endeared him to me and the wider public was his solo on Billy Joel's Just the Way You Are. Was there ever a more lyrical alto sax solo on a pop record? No - Baker St. doesn't even get close!
He embodied the spirit of Charlie Parker, merging it into his own creative playing to become, until yesterday, the greatest living alto saxophone player.
Phil Woods was 83.
May he Rest In Peace - sadly missed throughout the jazz world.
Lance.
Phil Woods was never short of  an observation as these quotes from our Bebop Spoken There archives show!
Phil Woods: "In ancient times, teaching was a sacred profession. Now we are in awe of our artists but not of our teachers. That is reflected in what we pay them." -  (Downbeat September 21, 1967.)
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Phil Woods: "What do all these words mean? Avant garde, loft jazz, fusion, ultra fusion, Dixieland, trad, bebop. Our history is too short to have so many sub-divisions; we've gone through more periods than mankind has in 5,000 years, and jazz is not even 100 years old." - (Crescendo September 1977).
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Phil Woods: "My kids love the fact that I worked with Steely Dan and Paul Simon! They're much more impressed than about me working with Ben Webster." -(Crescendo September 1977).
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Phil Woods: “When Benny [Goodman] died John Frosk called Jerry Dodgion and said 'I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Benny died last night. The bad news is that he died in his sleep'.” (Jazz Journal October 1996).
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Phil Woods: "I'd inherited a horn from my uncle's will and had no interest in playing it. In fact, I planned to melt the saxophone and make toy soldiers out of it but my mom urged me to take lessons." - (Downbeat July 2007).
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Phil Woods: “When I listen to a band like the BBC Big Band, and all the fine young musicians in it – my God. I have ties older than they are!" - (Jazz Journal 2008.)
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Phil Woods: “I’m 79 with the body of a 78-year-old.” -  Downbeat, February 2012.).

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