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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 Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Key Moments...

Bassist and occasional contributor to these pages, David Brownlow, has been thinking back to some of the key jazz moments that impacted on him over the years both as a listener and a player. He mentions some of them here and hopes that other readers will follow suit with their thoughts. 
The 60s to the Noughties saw many visiting stars in concert - Diz, Stitt, Hawk, Eldridge, Peterson, Ray Brown, Kessel, Brubeck, MJQ, Ellington, Hi-Los, Ella, Gil Evans, Miles, Trane, Dolphy, Elvin Jones, Ronnie Scott, Stan  Tracey, Mick Mulligan/George Melly, Keith Jarrett & 'Standards Trio' and others not-quite so memorable !
Circa 1970s    Met Red Rodney [pictured left with Bill Harper] at the Corner House.    Rodney played with Bird !!
At the Coltrane concert at the City Hall after 5 mins of "Impressions" half of the crowd walked out in disgust, others stayed to shout abuse at the band or walked around in the venue chatting to friends!

1960s/70s/80s. Occasionally played double bass in the trios of Peter Jacobsen, Kenny Morrell, John Hall and George Richardson. What a privilege to work with four of the finest musicians from the region....

At one gig I played at in Walkergate, a waitress carrying a tray of dishes and cutlery collapsed and died there and then in front of the stand! Of course, we just kept on playing....!

Four discs which changed the face of jazz:
1) Jazz at Massey Hall - summarises the whole bebop movement...
2) Portrait In Jazz - Bill Evans/La Faro/Motian. A new star arrived together with a formidable bassist who challenged the way the bass could be played and a whole new conception of the piano trio, all on one LP!
3) My Favourite Things - John Coltrane Quartet - Pointing the way to a new direction in jazz with solos on vamps, scales and modes helped by Tyner's unusual comping and Elvin Jones' elevation of drum technique.
4) Miles Ahead - Gil Evans & Miles Davis: A major collaboration where Gil took jazz orchestration into new areas helping Miles to achieve another development in his fine career.
Dave B.

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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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