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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 Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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