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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Evening

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

More on Jack Parnell

Reading Jack's obituary in The Scotsman - the best of the obits I've encountered so far - I found it interesting that Jack, although born in Paddington, was, like Martin Drew, raised in Wembley.
Must be something in the Wembley air that provides drummers with that extra para-diddle.
As a matter of interest, chatting to pianist Robert Mitchell prior to his Cluny gig on Tuesday we got around to talking about drummers and he made the observation that drummers, more than any other group of instrumentalists are the most closely knit community. Upon reflection I agree with him what do others think?
Lance.

3 comments :

Ann Alex said...

Lance, I don't know about the Jazz world but in folk music, drummers ie people who play the bodhran (Irish frame drum) are the butt of many jokes. They are given hell if they don't get the rhythms right for jigs and reels during jam sessions. It is said a bad drummer can ruin a whole tune but this isn't true if the other musicians are competent. So drummers stick together for moral support. I suspect the Jazz world may be a bit more tolerant than this. Ann Alex

Lance said...

Ann, I suspect, even though I don't think he is yet buried, that the late great Jack Parnell will be turning prematurely in his grave at the thought of being linked in a post to an Irish Frame Drummer - begorrah to be sure he will!

Ann Alex said...

Lance, I see what you mean, there's a big difference between a frame drummer on 1 drum ( very skilled, mind) and a drummer on a whole drum kit. If you want to hear a good bodhran player, try young Lucy Coggle, a graduate of the Folk and Traditional Music degree. She just about makes the drum talk! Ann Alex

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance