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Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Monday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 NE30 4QS. 1:00pm. Free.

Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. Tel: 0191 488 0954. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Key Moments 4

(By Russell).
The first four LPs borrowed from a local record lending library; Be Bop Preservation Society Be Bop Preservation Society (with colourful zoot suits on the LP cover), Billie Holiday Songs for Distingué Lovers, Miles Davis Bitches Brew (a starting point, working back over to the Birth of the Cool era), Quintette du Hot Club de France Swing ’35-’39.
Michael Parkinson’s late night chat show. Parky, a life-long jazz fan, had a front row seat as jazz greats performed a tune or two in the studio; Oscar, Ella, Joe Pass, Dudley Moore. Yes, little Dud, a seriously good pianist, Errol Garner a favourite. Errol who? Must check him out.

BBC television and radio, much maligned for its lack of jazz, or lack of commitment to jazz, has, in some ways, been instrumental in opening musical doors. The incomparable Peter Clayton - Sounds of Jazz a much-missed programme. The erudite Charles Fox on Radio 3 - Jazz Today. A drummer of mythical status – John Stevens – first heard on the programme. And Humph, say no more. Then read Humph, several volumes are still in print.

Live jazz – this is what it’s all about. The Newcastle Big Band, Last Exit, legendary alto player Nigel Stanger playing Gerry Richardson’s Hammond one Sunday lunchtime, the then unknown flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía wandering in during the interval at a gig asking if he could play a few tunes. An ‘I was there’ moment’ if ever there was one. Weather Report, twice! Jaco Lives! Newcastle Jazz Festival and a to-this-day memorable appearance by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Miles, late period Miles at the then Hammersmith Apollo. Ella at the Royal Albert Hall. Ella was at the end of her career. As the great woman walked out onto the stage the audience as one rose to its feet, the band riffing, all she could say, for something like five minutes (the applause was incessant), was ‘Thank you, thank you’. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Must dash, there’s a gig to go to.                          

Russell.

2 comments :

Unknown said...

I can remember in the early 60s enrolling in the Jazz record Library which was almost certainly based in London in those days. It was obviously done by snail mail. I would fill in a form and post it off and a few days later my chunk of vinyl would arrive. It was an education listening to all those old records. All of my friends were Jazz fans too and one night we were invited to visit to Durham Bill who lived at Coxhoe and also had the most remarkable collection of Jazz and Blues records. I never knew his full name but a friend kept in touch with him and told me recently that he had died at a ripe old age. On the night I was invited to visit he played some magnificent records and for a finale he said we wouldn’t know who this was and played Round the Clock Blues. He was quite shocked when I told him it was Bertha Chippie Hill. It made my reputation and is still talked about to this day. The Jazz Record Library worked.

Lance said...

I wonder, would Durham Bill be Bill Iceton who was a member of the Bishop Auckland Jazz Record Society?

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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.
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