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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

RIP John Williams

Sad to learn of the death of American jazz pianist John Williams - not to be confused with the film composer or the classical guitarist of the same name - who recorded with Stan Getz and Brookmeyer amongst others back in the '50s and '60s. I discovered him on a Stan Getz album, Interpretations, but, sadly, heard little else of him over the years.
Marc Myers, writing in his Jazz Wax (the world's number one) blog, reveals he made several impressive solo albums of which samples can be heard in his obituary of the pianist.
John Williams left us on December 15 aged 89.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

2 comments :

Russell said...

I recall being very impressed hearing John Williams at Darlington Arts Centre. Bill Crow was on bass and, on the day,much to my disappointment, drummer Frank Isola didn't appear as advertised.

Mike Farmer said...

Years ago I met John Williams on a Jazz Cruise aboard the QE2 and got to play a couple of tunes at a jam session. He wss retired and living in Sebring,Florida Such a unique player.R.I.P-Mike Farmer

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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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