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Camille Thurman: "Their [Tia Fuller & Mimi Jones] advice? If you're going to sing and play, be great at both or don't bother." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Greg Fishman: "I've loved playing music since I was 12, practising 8 hours a day, because I loved doing it every minute." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Monday October 15

Afternoon.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 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, October 02, 2018

Loss of a Legend RIP Barrie Ascroft

I've just received the sad news that pianist Barrie Ascroft died peacefully last night (October 1). Barry, a longtime associate of Dave Weisser, Jude Murphy and the Take it From the Bridge ensemble, was an outstanding, if somewhat eccentric and self-effacing pianist who nevertheless always delivered the goods.
His eccentricity, I know, came from an accident some years ago but never seemed to affect his playing.
The onstage banter between Dave and Barrie could appear to be cutting but, beneath it, there was genuine love and respect for each other.
The Take it to the Bridge gigs, spread across many venues over the years can, and hopefully still will, claim to be the longest running jam session/jazz workshop in the northeast.
In recent years, the session took root at The Chillingham in Heaton, before moving on to its present home at The Globe where it now a Wednesday night fixture. 
Barrie, needless to say, played great piano wherever the session took place and, if there was another pianist present, he had no qualms about moving over to bass guitar. Truly a man of many talents and one who will be sadly missed.
Tomorrow's session will go ahead. As one insider put it: "If it hadn't, the old rascal would have berated us and told us just to bloody well get on with it."
Legend is a term sometimes used loosely but in this case, in Tyneside jazz circles, it has never been more appropriate.
Rest In Peace Barrie - they broke the mold.
Lance.

1 comment :

ray johnson said...

Rest in peace Barrie. You will be greatly missed.
Ray Johnson

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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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