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Bebop Spoken There

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 Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Belatedly discovering Philip Larkin

Readers may have noticed the preponderance of Philip Larkin comments in the Bebop Spoken There section at the top of the page.
I make no apology for devoting so much space to the late writer and Commander of Honour's quips and observations, Larkin is simply the most humorous of jazz writers and, at times, one of the most perceptive.
This all started at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party when Patti [Durham] gave me Larkin's Jazz saying, "You might find a few quotes you could use." I found a whole bookful of  them! and then, when I came to alphabetically shelve it, I found I had another Larkin book which, somehow, I'd never got around to reading - All What Jazz - Read it I did!
Both books are absolute masterpieces, as befits a man of Larkin's standing in other literary fields, his honesty of opinion shines forth - the Emperors New Clothes never clouded his vision and yet, nor was he afraid to revise his opinion if an artist he'd previously dismissed came up to scratch on his next album.
Larkin's Jazz reprints reviews of jazz books published in the Daily Telegraph, Observer, Guardian and other papers (1940-1984),  whilst All What Jazz  consists mainly of record reviews (CDs had yet to be invented!) from the Daily Telegraph (1961-1971).
Trust me, if you only read one jazz book in your life make sure it's one of these two!
Lance.
PS: Philip Larkin died in 1985.

1 comment :

  1. I did notice Philip Larkin references. I always did like him, we once stayed in a ( holiday) cottage that belonged to him in Haydon Bridge and it was named after him. A delightful spot, just over the bridge on the LHS, and with a great view of the river.

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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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