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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943 - February 19, 2017)

Guitarist Larry Coryell died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday. An early jazz-rock innovator he was anything but tunnel-visioned as witnessed by the only time I heard him live which was in 2011 as a member of Mumbai Jazz at Gateshead Old Town Hall. (Where the photo was taken by Pam Young)
It was a concert that I'd gone to with some misgivings but was completely won over, not least by Coryell's playing. A magical evening.
Maurice Summerfield sent me this notification of Larry Coryell's passing that he [Maurice] had received from one of his American contacts.- Dan Del Fiorentino.

"The Godfather of Fusion and a dear friend to so many, Larry Coryell passed away at the age of 73.
I remember the first time I met Larry at the Anaheim NAMM Show in 2001.  He and Joe Beck provided an educational session in the NAMM Lounge, now known as the Idea Center.  He was so gracious and so talented!
Larry enjoyed a long career as a jazz guitarist. In addition to touring and recording on his own, Larry worked with some of the greatest names in jazz. Over the years he developed his own method of playing and wrote a series of teaching books and DVDs. His educational publications have provided new material for the jazz student and encouraged many music programs to include a study of jazz guitar. As a composer, Larry wrote several songs which he recorded and used for his video instructional products. 
Here is a segment from his 2008 NAMM Oral History interview:

Last night when I heard the news of his passing, this is the first thing I thought of...

Dan
Thank you Maurice and Dan.
A great loss. May he Rest In Peace.
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. Yes Lance this was such a wonderful concert. Very sad news.

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  2. James M Lancaster (on F/b)Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:32:00 pm

    Nooo he came to see New York Brass Band at Guinness Cork Jazz in October! He chatted with our guitarist Al Morrison in the toilets!

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  3. Number 1 son announced the news when I arrived back from work.
    Nearly went to see him last year (or the year before) at Pizza Express but something came up. Things are going to have to stop coming up so I can stop nearly seeing people.
    He was an extraordinary guitarist; if McLaughlin was the Hendrix of Jazz-rock, Coryell was the Clapton, and without Clapton we'd likely never have had Hendrix.

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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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