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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. 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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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bobby Wellins (January 24, 1936 - October 27, 2016)

The news that tenor sax legend Bobby Wellins - and in this case legend means LEGEND - died two days ago on October 27 left me very saddened. A masterful player who weaved his way through modern jazz in the UK, and yet, always seemed to be the bridesmaid and never the bride in the eyes of some of the fringent observers of the jazz scene.
Wellins' playing on Stan Tracey's Under Milkwood Suite, his two-tenor quintet with Don Weller (pictured - Wellins 3rd from left) and many of the quartet sessions both live and on record refute the notion that the Scotsman was anywhere other than in the top echelon of British tenor players.
I have fond memories of hearing him at Newcastle Jazz Festival, The Corner House and elsewhere.
One of those players who, somehow, made their mark without having to hammer it into your skull.
Bobby Wellins was 80-year-old when he left us - sad at our loss but thankful for the legacy.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Saw him loads while we were on the south coast. Always wonderful

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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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