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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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Friday, February 19, 2016

R.I.P. Brendan Healy.


The death was announced today of pianist, composer, comedian, actor, Brendan Healy. The north-east legend died last night (Feb. 18) after losing his battle with cancer.
Although not a jazz musician - rock and folk were his favoured genres - he was, nevertheless, respected by players across the spectrum and acknowledged as a composer who wrote soundtracks for many films and TV series as well as acting in some of them.
Another, was his sense of humour which seemed to go down well with musicians.
I remember a good few years back seeing him do a stand-up spot with the Customs House Big Band in South Shields.
"Did you hear about the dyslectic atheist?  He didn't believe in Dog". Strangely, before I'd heard of Brendan's death, that gag came back to me this morning. I laughed at the memory little realising I wouldn't be laughing much longer.
Brendan Healy was 59. Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

5 comments :

  1. Lovely man very sad.

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  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Brendan lovely person R.I.P

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  3. Gillian Borwick (on F/b)Friday, February 19, 2016 8:18:00 pm

    I taught his son Fin. V sad

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  4. Helen Davison Webber (on F/b)Friday, February 19, 2016 8:38:00 pm

    Very sad news.

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  5. Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b)Friday, February 19, 2016 9:01:00 pm

    condolences to his family--so sad.

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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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