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Michael Dease: "Slide [Hampton] is also one of the people to expand the range of the horn, so he's popping out high Fs like they're breakfast cereals." - (JazzTimes Oct. 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 Saturday October 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Dave O'Higgins Masterclass - Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Road, Hurworth, Darlington DL2 2BN. 12 noon - 2:00pm. £20.00. A Jazz Blowers' event, places limited. Details: www.jazzblowers.co.uk

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Central Methodist Church, 21 Cockton Hill Rd., Bishop Auckland DL14 6EN. 2:00pm. £4.00. A memorial concert in memory of Gavin Belton.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 5:45pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Defining Moments - Earl Bostic

What was your defining moment? That moment in time when you decided jazz was the music for you. Or the decision you made that led you to the trumpet rather than the banjo or, admitedly an unlikely scenario, vice-versa?
For me, I fell in love with the saxophone the day I heard Earl Bostic playing "Flamingo". I'd heard Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Lester, Hawkins etc. but it was later that I appreciated their genius whereas Bostic hit me with a haymaker and knocked me out with the first punch.
My peers laughed and rubbished him but for me, at 16/17, he was the most exciting player I'd ever heard.
I discovered, years later, that John Coltrane played tenor on "Flamingo" and, in an interview, he gave credit to Earl Bostic as a great saxophonist and one of his first influences. I felt exonerated and even more so when I heard him on an old Rex Stewart disc ("Dreamers Blues") sounding like Johnny Hodges.
Lance

2 comments :

Roly said...

I had played Shadows and R&B stuff as a teenager but lost interest. Later, when I was already well into jazz, my decision to buy another guitar and try to learn to play jazz was solely inspired by George Barnes - those albums with Ruby Braff. In particular a wonderful, free-wheeling solo on 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue'.
Roly

Liz said...

I don't think I had a defining moment. I grew up with it, My dad was such a great guitarist, he passed it all on to my brothers, and all I remember is nights filled with guitar playing..but only the good stuff. My dad knew them all, and I can see him now, searching for that elusive chord, and saying to me " this is a beautiful tune" & away he would go on " Stella by Starlight" and the like. Everything I am I owe to him

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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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