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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nat Hentoff (June 10, 1925 - January 7, 2017)

Maurice Summerfield has informed me, via info received from Phyllis Kessel, that Nat Hentoff has died.
Hentoff was many things in his life and a lot of them were political which, being an American, isn't surprising. 
For us 'over here' he was the man who, in conjunction with Nat Shapiro, wrote what many consider to be the first truly great and authentic book on jazz. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya. Probably the first book where a knowledgeable pair of enthusiasts got out there and spoke to the men who made the music. The men who laid the foundation for every riff or solo played today or tomorrow. Even now, over 60 years later, it is still compelling reading. I could use just about every page as material for our Bebop Spoken There section, and I'm often tempted, but that would be like a crib.
The fact is that Hentoff had an acute perception on, not just jazz, but life.
Nat Hentoff died on January 7, aged 91.
Rest In Peace - your legacy will remain.
Nat Hentoff.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. How many times have I read that name?

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  2. The first, and best book I ever read on jazz - oral testimony from the people involved. Every jazz fan should have a (well-thumbed) copy!

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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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