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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

That "Je Ne Sais Quoi" - Roly

Our little discourse about Kamuca raises a fundamental point. What are we all looking for from music? It was Kamuca who more than anyone focused my thoughts on what it is I look for from music in general, jazz in particular.
It's nothing to do with technique, cutting edge, originality, excitement, surprise - although all these things are very important. No - it's to do with that mystery something that tugs at your heart strings and maybe even brings a tear.
A very subjective thing no doubt.
In my view there are certain players (a small select group) who have that innate quality and it stems from extreme sensitivity. As a teenager it used to be Buddy Holly, then Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee and now, Bix, Lady Day, Pres, Bird, Chet, Sinatra, Richie K, Ornette, and I'm presently belatedly 'discovering' Schubert's very touching music. Much as I love the guitar (eg. Jim Hall) and great pianists (eg. Bill Evans) neither the guitar nor piano 'does it' for me. I think it needs to involve human breath so it has to be horn players or singers.
If I had to single out for me the most moving player in all of jazz, I would say Bix!

4 comments :

Lance said...

I couldn’t agree with you more Roly. Although we all have our own list of heroes, the names you mentioned will (or should be) on most peoples’ list.
Reflecting back over the years it occurred to me that, whilst I have been to hundreds - maybe thousands - of gigs and concerts, I could probably count the really great as opposed to the very good on my fingers without needing to use my thumbs.
One moment that did stand out was a Woody Herman concert circa 1967.
I had a dance gig that same night so I could only stay for the first set but there were 16 bars played in that first set that have stayed with me ever since!
Amazingly, it wasn’t “Four Brothers” or “Applehoney” or any of the well known Herman classics that floated my boat but the old Jolson song “Sonny Boy”. If anyone had ever told me I could find anything in that piece of maudlin sentimentality I’d have said “no way Jose.”
Wrong!
Woody sung the chorus pleasantly enough then Carl Fontana raised the bar with a blistering trombone solo before Woody returned to sing the chorus once more. Then – just when we thought it was all over - the ‘sound of surprise’. The brass, with Bill Chase on lead, upped it a full tone higher and practically lifted the roof off the City Hall.
To be corny about it – it was like witnessing ‘Sonny Boy’ growing up!
I had to leave for my gig after that and, for some reason, every solo I played turned into a variation of “Sonny Boy”!
I bought Woody’s LP “My Kind of Jolson” but it wasn’t the same because I knew what was coming - that sound of surprise had gone. The arrangement incidentally was by Ralph Burns.

Lance said...

Further to "most moving player in jazz" I think Ben Webster playing "My Ideal" or Wardell blowing "Easy Living" have to be up there then there is ...

RichardC said...

Great to see Richie Kamuca recognised, he's certainly one of my favourites. As to the wider list, my favourites include Louis Armstrong, obviously, but also Henry Red Allen, J C Higginbotham, Dicky Wells, Irving Fazola, Clifford Brown - and Keith Jarrett

Lance said...

Ah! Irving Fazola. Perhaps one of the most overlooked tunes in jazz is his "My Inspiration". Apart from his own version with the Bob Crosby Band I've only ever heard it done by Alan Barnes although I believe Kenny Davern has also recorded it.
It has one of those descending chromatic runs that always gets to me. The same run, if I remember correctly, turns up in MJQ's "Fontessa".

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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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