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Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

Archives.

Today Wednesday January 18

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Ruth Lambert w. Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Note earlier start and a small increase in admission.
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Jazz Today - Operation Jam Session

Continuing into my alphabetical delve amongst my 10" LPs, we move on to B and Kenny Baker and another piece of treasured vinyl.
I was doing National Service (ask your grandad) in the RAF when I first heard it. I can't remember if I bought it, swapped it, or stole it from its original owner but It grabbed me on first hearing. I think I may have done some kind of deal with Dave Yeldham from Sheffield. If you're out there Dave, refresh my memory!

Operation Jam Session, from 1955 has Baker - the Kenny Baker, trumpet virtuoso, - leading the ballad medley to end all ballad medleys.
Jimmy Skidmore's On the Alamo reminds those of us old enough to remember just what a lyrical tenor player he was. Cedric West takes over for What's New? and again, few guitarists on either side of the Atlantic could match this. Keith Christie blows a Dickensian take on Makin' Whoopee before Dill Jones comes in with How Long Has This Been Going on? Harry Klein - the number one British baritone player before Ross and Surman came along - plays Sweet and Lovely and he does just that!
All great stuff but the feeling is that this is just the build-up - the cheerleaders warming up the crowd. Sure enough, right on cue, we have the arrival of the Guvner - Kenny Baker! The trumpet maestro lets it all hang out - swing era trumpet playing at it's best - no wonder the Harry James estate in America asked him to front a tribute band to Mr. Grable which he declined although if Betty had still been around, who knows!
The flipside (God how dated is my terminology!) has 3 alto saxes in the mix - Bruce Turner, Joe Harriott and Bertie King and I doubt if you could have found 3 better alto players to do the session at that moment in time.
To quote Count Basie when asked his definition of swing "Four beats to the bar and no cheating!"
There was no cheating here.
Lance.

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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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