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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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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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