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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

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

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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Melody Maker Update

I've been perusing at length Colin Aitchison's on-line collection of vintage Melody Makers from the 40's and 50's when the MM really was the musician's bible - a bit like Bebop Spoken Here today (I wish!). So far Colin has posted the following complete issues - including the small ads - (lead story cited): 15/3/41 - Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson killed in the blitz. 26/4/41 - Al Bowlly killed in the blitz. 11/4/42 - Death of Charlie Christian. 11/7/42 - Death of Bunny Berigan. 21/8/43 - Tommy Dorsey sacks his whole band plus, inside, Gene Krupa jailed on drug offences. 3/1/53 - Fletcher Henderson dies. 23/5/53 - Death of Django. 2/1/54 - Rosemary Clooney to broadcast with the BBC Showband. This is a trip down memory lane for those of a certain age and a history lesson for younger readers. Look out for more. Lance. PS: Some pages didn't enlarge for me.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

The MMs from the 40s & 50s are great. Fascinating to read the contemporary report of Django's death.
Any chance that the MM editions from the 60s will also go on-line?

JC

Lance said...

That is up to Colin although I would guess that it is unlikely as the jazz content began to be filtered out with the advent of rock and roll - unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
Thanks for your comments, I hope this is on going, but these old Melody Makers are hard to come by, I will also add some Newspapers like the Jazz News from the 50's, I also have one MM from the 60's, but Lance you are right the tide is starting to change.
Enlargements, for some strange reason some pages will not enlarge, so I will re-scan after Christmas...
Colin

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