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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Hughie Aitchison Story Continued....

Hughie Aitchison (tpt); Ronnie McLean (tmb); Brian Clark (alt/clt); Roy Willis (gtr); Dave Swan (bs); Marshall Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
We move on to 1979 and the Saratoga Jazzmen. This was a band led by Peter Gascoigne of Vieux Carré Jazzmen fame - presumably our man was depping that night. However, before going into I've Found a New Baby. Hughie gives a short interview talking about his influences - Spanier, naturally, but also of the Ellingtonian influence in the form of Cootie and Ray Nance. Indeed, Hughie went on to become a walking encyclopedia of things Ellington.
Another interview follows, this time with Ronnie McLean (pictured). McLean had lost a tooth whilst eating a corned beef sandwich and, incredibly, received a lot of publicity in the local media. I was working alongside Hughie and Ronnie in a Newcastle music shop at the time and I'm sure the publicity did the music store some good - if not the sandwich shop!
Hughie Aitchison (tpt); Ronnie McLean (tmb); Trevor Johnson (clt); Brian Fisher (pno); Dougie Richardson (bs); Marshall Walker (dms).
Royal Garden Blues followed in the Spanier tradition and it grieves me to realise that all of these guys are now gone. Marshall Walker, often referred to as 'The Smiling MW' because he rarely did, was a drummer I worked with for many years. Behind his dour exterior, he had a rare sense of humour. Greatly missed.
Lance.
There will be more to follow.
In the meantime, those wishing to receive a free copy of this historical item contact Colin Aitchison, tynesidejazztrumpetplayer@gmail.com

2 comments :

Steve Andrews said...

Listen to Fisher's piano comping behind the solos. He couldn't play a solo worth a light - no right hand technique at all - but he always found the right, interesting chords and put them in just the right places behind the soloist. Spare, rhythmic and musical - modern pianists take note.........

Lance said...

What we used to call "arranger's piano".

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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.
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