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Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Andy Hudson Remembers Don Rendell

I first got to know Don's music when he played with Ian Carr, He could be a hard-driving and also lyrical tenor player and was also accomplished on Clarinet, Soprano and Flute.
In the early days of the Newcastle Jazz Festival, he would come up with small combos that we could just afford along with Tony Crombie, Dave Green and other luminaries of around 1970.
We all got to know him well through when he started a teaching and playing relationship with the Big Band. Don stayed with us and although he was a committed Jehovah's Witness he never sought to foist his beliefs on others. Just after he'd left though there would be the odd copy of Watchtower or Awake conspicuously on a bookshelf or the bedside table. Due to the vagaries of the MU rules at the time, he appeared as an anagram on the Album as Dene .N. Droll along with Ken Gibson (Geno Binks) and Henry Lowther (Ethel Wryhorn).
Many, who attended the sax masterclasses at the Big Band (And I think Lance our editor was one of them) will recall the immortal bark of Don when the band had just blown through the first 12 bars of "Adam's Apple"..."Gentlemen - That was ALL the right notes....but in the WRONG places". He
then made us play in 1/8 time, ¼ time, ½ time and then finally "A Tempo".The difference was amazing.
Don's career spanned 60 years in the 50s he was in the band that accompanied Billie Holiday on tour in the UK and until quite recently he was teaching at the Guildhall School of Music.
We've lost a brilliant teacher, performer and a fine human being.
RIP Don.
Andy

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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.)
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