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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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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.
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. Tom Henderson (on F/b)Friday, May 06, 2016 3:43:00 pm

    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!!

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  2. 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

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  3. 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.
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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