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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Harry Rabinowitz (March 26, 1916 - June 22, 2016)

The death of conductor/composer Harry Rabinowitz aged 100 may seem an unlikely subject for these pages but he did have a, albeit somewhat tenuous, jazz connection. 
At university, in his native South Africa, he played piano in the college jazz band and, in later years, when selected to appear on Desert Island Discs his first choice was the Louis Armstrong/Earl Hines version of West End Blues.
Later, of course, his name became synonymous with BBC variety, first on radio and then on television. Composer credits followed on both large and small screen.
During the course of his Desert Island Discs programme, recorded last year, he told Kirsty that the key to his longevity was very little sugar, no white flour adding, “and sometimes I go days without any alcohol whatsoever”.
He played the piano every day until his death.
Harry Rabinowitz died in France on June 22.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Well said Lance, he will always be remembered by those of us of a certain age.

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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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