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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 06, 2016

RIP George Richardson

Just read on facebook that it was pianist George Richardson's funeral yesterday.
A fine pianist remembered for his band the George Ricco Quartet at various local nightspots including, I think, the Cavendish Club and also at the Gosforth Park Hotel.
I knew him via the Newcastle music shop where I worked - George taught at local schools - and we renewed acquaintance when he played with the Maine St. Jazzmen at a pub in South Shields.
A fine pianist and a true gentle-man.
I hope some readers will add their own memories of someone who will be sadly missed.
George was 83.


Tom Henderson (on F/b) said...

Sad to hear of George Richardson's death, I knew him and the boys very well in the sixties, He was also a friend of my piano player Eddie Farrow.sad loss!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to learn of the passing of George Richardson
Very nice person and a very easy musician to work with. Often pop into the Ramside Hall and had lunch with his wife on a Sunday afternoon.
Will be truly missed. R.I.P
Raymond Newton Double Bass/Bass Guitar/ cello

Alan Rudd said...

George had a history of health issues since having a heart valve operation about 25 years ago, but managed to get back playing again with MSJ with whom he was playing until a few years ago. However he had a fall a few weeks ago and broke his hip, he was admitted to hospital, but his condition deteriorated over a three week period and he died about a week ago in hospital.

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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.
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