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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Wednesday February 22

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.
Lindsay Hannon - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8ppm. £4 (Students free).
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Cancelled this week only. Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Cancelled.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Death of a Legend. RIP Buddy Greco (August 14, 1926 - January 10, 2017)

Buddy Greco died yesterday.
Although he was 90, it seemed he would go on forever. A vocalist who could hold his head high alongside Sinatra, Tormé and Bennett he was also an outstanding pianist who, as a teenager, held down the piano chair with Benny Goodman.
It was when I purchased a record by the Goodman Sextet that I first encountered him. This was Benny's bop band and the tune was In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee with Wardell Gray on tenor and Buddy on piano and vocals.
From then on I was hooked, buying the 45's Lady is a Tramp and Around the World as well as, among others, the LP Live at Mr. Kelly's. An album comparable with the best of any by his contemporaries. Apart from a choice selection of standards, there's a swinging instrumental duo feature reminiscent of Nat Cole.
Live, I saw him 3 times. At Ronnie Scott's in the '90s; with NYJO at Newcastle City Hall in 2006 and at the Gala Theatre, Durham, in 2008
He never failed to delight.
On each occasion, his current wife (pictured with Buddy signing autographs at Durham), Lezlie Anders, appeared alongside him and she too could sing.
Buddy Greco died in Las Vegas on January 10 aged 90.
May he rest in peace. Very sadly missed.
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. Eric McKenzie Stutt (on F/b)Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:21:00 pm

    Superstar!! R.I.P.

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  2. Brian James White (on F/b)Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:43:00 pm

    RIP Buddy.

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  3. RIP saw him in vegas so long ago wonderful xx

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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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