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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 16, 2016

RIP Buster Cooper.

Buster Cooper, one of the last of the great Ellingtonians passed away on Friday, May 13. The trombonist was with Duke for most of the 1960s appearing with the band at Newcastle City Hall on at least two occasions (1965/67). Like all of Ellington's soloists, he had a very distinctive style that varied from boisterous humour to romantic lyricism. Prior to joining Ellington, Cooper had a spell with Lionel Hampton and in later years with the Frankie Capp Juggernaut. Although 87 when he passed away he was still gigging up to February this year.
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Very sad news indeed. Saw him at the City Hall weth the Duke in the late 70's. Always did enjoy his playing, and was having a listen to The Symphonic Ellington on the Reprise label that he solo's on before I did read your post. And as you said, one of the last of the great Ellington sidemen. R.I.P

    Colin Aitchison - Hong Kong.

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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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