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Bebop Spoken There

Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Saturday, November 05, 2016

The Wheel of Fortune has stopped spinning - RIP Kay Starr.

The death of Kay Starr on Thursday (November 3) left a lump in my throat. Starr's distinctive vocal style made her one of my early heartthrobs. Kay was a pop singer and I had yet to get into jazz, unaware that she'd been into jazz for a long time. Soon I was forgetting her pop hits and discovering the jazz roots. The sides she made as a teenager with Glenn Miller. The emotive Sharecroppin' Blues with Charlie Barnet and the live performance of Good For Nothin' Joe with Barney Kessel. 

These were as good as anything doing the rounds at the time. Then there were the sides with Joe Venuti, with Vic Dickenson, Barney Bigard etc. - Mama Goes Where Papa Goes and You've Got To See Your Mama Every Night or You Don't See Your Mama at All - pop singer? blues singer? jazz singer? The lady ticked all three boxes! She also dubbed Adele Jurgens' singing voice in the 1947 Columbia movie Down to Earth. And, as the picture shows, made the cover of Jazz Journal in 1953.
Kay Starr was 94 - sadly missed.
Lance.
Obituary

2 comments :

Liz said...

I always liked " Bonaparte's Retreat"

Maurice Summerfield said...

Sad news about Kay Starr who I also thought was a fine singer.
I played the EP of the Gene Norman session many years ago to Barney. The EP cover had a photo of Barney and he was also credited as part of the backing group. I thought it did not sound like his usual style and he confirmed it was definitely not him. Including the track ‘Good for Nothing Joe’ .A mistake at Capitol records production. He thought it sounded like Al Hendrickson who also worked for Capitol. Barney thought he may have been booked for the session – and so the confusion - but could not make it at the last minute. Barney of course backed Kay on several occasions. Thought you may be interested.

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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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