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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Dave Shepherd (February 7, 1929 - December 15, 2016)













Just belatedly discovered that clarinetist Dave Shepherd passed away on December 15. One of the world's great Goodman disciples I was privileged to hear him perform many times over the years perhaps most memorably in 1982 at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival with Teddy Wilson in a Benny Goodman tribute concert. He played with the fluency of BG without losing his own identity. One of the highlights was the interplay between the two - it was as if they'd played together for years! Another session was with Doc Cheatham which may also have been at Edinburgh or it could have been in Breda. My memory's fading on that one!
There were also sessions with Freddy Randall as well as by his own quintet.
Dave Shepherd was 87 when he left us. 
Sadly missed.
Rest  In Peace.
Lance.
 Obituary.

2 comments :

  1. The session with Doc Cheatham was in Breda, I too was there that night.

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  2. I also remember him getting up for a sit-in with the Alex Welsh band at the Five Bridges Hotel in Gateshead and playing 4 bar chasers with John Barnes in Lady be Good. Memories eh?

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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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