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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fogies of the World Unite!

Paul Bream, in his latest Jazz Alert, refers to a comment made by Bill Harper, no less!,"as Anyway how do you find good songs since the 60s as the art of good song writing died with the advent of Rock & Roll & Andrew Lloyd Webber?"
Paul's comment? "As an example of cloth-eared fogeyism that takes some beating!"
Bill Harper has cloth ears? Perhaps Red Rodney (pictured with Bill), Lockjaw Davis, Sweets Edison, Al Grey and countless other JNE imports would disagree after their Corner House sessions with Bill on piano!
Bill and his wife Anne, now long domiciled in France, have always supported jazz and, in the days of Chris Yates, Jazz North East.
Suddenly, fogey doesn't seem such a bad title!
Lance Fogey

5 comments :

  1. Dear Mr Fogey
    Does this mean that BSH agrees that there hasn't been a decent tune written since the 60s?
    Regards
    Steve 'the best tunes are still to be written'

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  2. Of course not, I seem to think there was at least one although, I can't think of its name off hand. Maybe it's one of the ones that are still to be written.

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  3. Whatever about Rock and Roll, like Paul Bream I too would want to champion the songwriting skills of Andrew Lloyd Webber....
    JC

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  4. Billy Harper cloth eared? Is this the same Billy Harper who received countless plaudits from American stars visiting the Corner House Hotel in Newcastle to play a Jazz North East engagement? Is this the same Billy Harper who sat poised listening to the codas of the great horn players and found the right chord every time? Calling Billy Harper cloth eared, in this, Jazz North East’s fiftieth year, is to traduce the name of a fine pianist and all those who worked tirelessly to promote memorable gigs.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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