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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 22, 2016

More Quotes

Simon Spillett dug up a few more quotes for us:
"Listening to Benny [Goodman] talking about the clarinet was like listening to a surgeon get hung up on a scalpel."
Artie Shaw, quoted in the sleeve notes to Benny Goodman: The Complete Capitol Trios
"What I do is very superficial and very obvious. What I do takes about five minutes to figure out. How much more useful would it be to spend time analysing a Charlie Parker solo?"
David Sanborn, Jazz FM magazine 1991
"This is all purely personal, you understand, but the saxophonist is, to me, just this side of unbearable."
Andre Previn listening to John Coltrane's 'Dahomey Dance', Blindfold Test, DownBeat magazine 1963
"It wasn't unusual to even hear some of the younger players sniggering at his attempts to play free music."
Brian Blain, obituary of Tubby Hayes, Cream magazine 1973
"A jazz musician is supposed to make a tune sound not like itself, but like himself, and this is what Davis did."
Benny Green, sleeve notes to UK issue of Kind of Blue, 1960
"Which is the way to the toilet?"
Thelonious Monk's response to Oscar Peterson's  'Easy Listenin' Blues', Blindfold Test, DownBeat magazine 1966.
Simon.

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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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