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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.)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. 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, January 08, 2016

RIP Kitty Kallen


Kitty Kallen, one of the last of the great big band singers died yesterday (January 7). Most people remember her from her No. 1 UK single Little Things Mean a Lot but it was her earlier recording with Harry James of I'm Beginning to See the Light that first drew her to my attention. It was the first time I'd heard the song. It also had a catchy guitar intro and coda by Allan Reuss.
Kallen started out with Jack Teagarden and, as well as James, sang with Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Bobby Sherwood and many other name bands before taking off on her successful solo career. Even today the song Little Things Mean a Lot is used in an ITV car insurance commercial albeit not by Kitty.
Kitty Kallen was 94.
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. I loved Kitty Kallen, my era!

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  2. Yes, what memories! Interestingly listening to a Kenny Baker version of I'm Beginning to See the Light he picks up on one of Harry James' phrases. Re Little Things Mean a Lot; as a callow youth, a girl friend was crooning in my ear Little Things Mean a Lot. When she got to the line "Say I Look Nice When I'm Not" I inadvertently said "You look nice" - it took awhile for the bruises to heal...!

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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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