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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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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

RIP Wilton Felder


Just heard that saxist/bassist Wilton Felder founder member of the (Jazz) Crusaders passed away yesterday (Sept. 27).
I'm not sure if I ever caught him live. I have a vague idea I saw The Crusaders at Newcastle City Hall back in the mists of time. I certainly recall hearing Street Life on disc and radio when it was charting.
He was 75.
Rest In Peace
Obituary.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. The Crusaders played Newcastle City Hall on two occasions in the 70s. On the first Last Exit cancelled their weekly Wednesday night gig at the Gosforth Hotel because they and their fans all had tickets for the City Hall! Larry Carlton was on the gig.

    Second time around the Crusaders were to act as Randy Crawford's backing band. On the night Ms Crawford cried off ill. As the announcement was made that it would be the Crusaders only the contrasting reactions were hilarious - Crawford fans (few, if any, had heard of the band) almost wept in disappointment. Crusaders fans cheered!

    Many years later, long after Joe Sample and Stix Hooper had left the band, Felder and Wayne Henderson toured with, from memory, bass and drums from America, possibly Italy. They played the bar, not the theatre, of what was by then known as the Newcastle Playhouse (formerly University Theatre). I was there standing, alongside Chris Yates (the then Honourary Secretary of Jazz North East). Tickets were a tenner. The place was packed - approximately three million people were there.

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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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