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Bebop Spoken There

Sting: "I wrote that song [Roxanne], it was originally a bossa nova". - (Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music BBC 4, 17 January 2020)


The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Today Tuesday January 21



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

Cancelled - room being decorated back on Jan. 28.



Air4ce - Cluny 2, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 230 4474. Doors 7:30pm. £8.00. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.


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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Humble Beginnings

Derek Humble was born in Wheatley Hill, County Durham. He went on to play lead alto for Ronnie Scott and, later, the Clarke-Boland Big Band. His fellow saxes included Scott, Johnny Griffin, Sahib Shibad and Tony Coe. Basie tenorman, Billy Mitchell, rated him alongside Phil Woods and Marshall Royal as one of the world's greatest lead altos.
This cutting from a 1947 Melody Maker lists him as a 16 year old winning the best alto award in the paper's annual band contest.
PS: The bass playing award went to John Humble. Was this Derek's brother or his father?

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