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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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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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

Thursday, September 01, 2016

RIP Bill Shaw.. Update, funeral details added.


Received the devastating news that my dear friend, drummer, artist, cartoonist Bill Shaw (pictured on the left of the photo with myself) died Monday night (August 29) after a heart attack.
I played in many small bands with him in clubs, pubs and dance halls. Bill also played in Newcastle Big Band, The River City Jazzmen and, in more recent years, frequently depped with the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.

A fine drummer and an equally good cartoonist who's work often appeared in the Daily Mirror back in the days when the Mirror had a full page of cartoons. Bill also had a cartoon strip entitled 'The Club' that ran for a while in the Evening Chronicle, and, of course, his humour frequently turned up on Bebop Spoken Here as witnessed below.
He was really a very special friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Condolences and deepest sympathy to his wife Mary and his two daughters Lynn and Maxine.
Rest In Peace dear friend.
Funeral details later.
More Bill Shaw cartoons.
Lance.
PS: He was also my second cousin.
The funeral will take place at South Tyneside Crematorium, John Reid Rd., South Shields at 12:30pm  on Thursday September 8. Family flowers only with donations to Cancer Research and/or British Heart Foundation invited. Those intent on attending please note there are currently long delays due to roadworks at the Lindisfarne roundabout and it is advised to set out extra early or find an alternative route.
There will be a wake afterwards at the Wardley Hotel, Bill Quay.

11 comments :

  1. I've just read about Bill Shaw on the blog and I'm shocked. I remember the many conversations we had with him and Mary in that pub in Shields market place a few years back. He was a talented man, and I laughed out loud at the cartoon with the article today. I remember you two arguing about who was the best jazz drummer. Very sad.

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    1. Yes Ann, those were happy afternoons in Rosie's listening to the Maine Street Jazzmen. I too remember the friendly argument re drummers. Bill plumped for Buddy Rich whilst I supported Art Blakey.
      Strangely, the first time I heard Bill play I thought of Shelly Manne and there weren't any other drummers in Hebburn who played like Shelly Manne!

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  2. That's terrible Lance. He was someone everybody liked and I know he was special to you. Please keep me informed as I want to pay my respects and attend his funeral, May I offer my condolences as I am sure you and Bill had been very good friends throughout life.

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  3. Of the drummers who played regularly in the Newcastle Big Band. Bill was the one with the delicate touch. (Well! The others were Jackie Denton, Don Eddy, Ian Forbes and Ronnie Pearson).

    It’s many years since I’ve seen Bill, but his reliable, helpful manner, solid drumming and sparkling wit, verbally and of course as “SHAW”, the cartoonist, remain as fond memories. RIP Bill.

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  4. I first met bill 50 years ago, a robust confidant man of 27 with laughter lines around the eyes. He was a very charismatic character, a "one off" and about as non-conformist as any human being could get, but was not trendy hipster.
    His sense of humour was devastating - no repeated one liners just genuine wit from playful to scathing, ironic to sardonic, empathetic to sarcastic.
    I hadn't seen Bill for over 20 years and feel a little guilt at that now he's gone, but still many great memories of the old days which I wouldn't have missed for the world.
    My condolences to all who were close to him in these later years.

    Graham Schofield

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  5. I haven't seen Bill since some time before I left the UK for the U.S.A. The education I received from Bill, Charlie Carmichael, Lance, and my brother Graham on Wednesday afternoons in the Kelly was quite different but in many ways superior to the one I got from Sunderland Poly on the other days of the week. Bill's passing also makes me feel guilty over several great guys I have neglected to keep in touch with since leaving the UK.
    RIP Bill.
    Geoff Schofield

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  6. Bill played alongside organist,pianist, Kenny Goodall at South Shields Catholic Club a number of years back. They were a great duo. I've just read in tonight's Gazette that Kenny died on the same day as Bill - his funeral is an hour and a half later (2pm). Like Bill, a fine musician. RIP Kenny.

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  7. My Dad, my hero x

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  8. Thanks to Lance for showing me how to add my comments here. As Bill's eldest daughter, I simply wanted to say how lovely it is to read the comments about my Dad and to read just some of what people thought of him. Maxine, my sister and I, have never been under any illusion about how brilliant Dad is - in fact, I think we were each in awe of him, his intelligence and creativity but we were so very proud to be his daughters. He's brought much to our lives and taught us to, 'walk to the beat of our own drum' - which is one of the most important lessons we could ever have. Dad was unique. Luckily, he had Mary to keep him 'steady' and 'inspired' - and we had his brilliance to add layers of colour and interest to our lives. We're all devastated to have lost him so suddenly but so touched to read that so many people who knew him, held him in such high esteem. Our love and thoughts are with Mary x

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  9. Bill was my art teacher at school and we developed a life long friendship, we were both musicians also, I play keyboards, Bill seemed to apply his artistic creativity to problem solving in general and I always found him a very wise adviser, I personally find this news very devastating, but knowing Bill he would would want us to be happy and get as much out of each day, sieze the moment, Deepest Condolences to Mary and the family, God Bless Bill RIP

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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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