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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 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 Monday August 19

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.

Evening

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

Saturday, January 08, 2011

That Spring Thing Mystery solved!

I mentioned in an earlier post of my being enamoured of a tune I heard Kenny Baker playing - I've Got a Thing About Spring. I scoured the Western Hemisphere, crossed the ocean-wide, but failed to discover the origins of this lovely tune.
Desperate measures were called for. I knew there was only one guy on the planet who could solve this mystery - he did pretty good on finding out exactly what this thing called love is, he discovered the depth of the ocean and the height of the moon as well as uncovering the perp who put the Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine - Mike Durham.
"250 bucks a day plus expenses".
We haggled and I got him down to 249.
Sure enough - Mike came through.
Mike played a hunch that took him to Digby Fairweather. A horn player who once led a band called Velvet.
Mike remembered they once cut a record.
I've Got a Thing About Spring was one of the tracks!
Producing his Sherlockian magnifying glass, Mike examined the label and was able to identify the composer's name next to the track.
It was one of the guitarists on the record!
No not Denny Wright - the other one!
IKE ISAACS!
Not only a great guitarist but a fine composer too!
Thank you Mike - the Milky Bars are on me.
Lance.

2 comments :

Liz said...

Ike Isaacs,one of my dad's faves...can we hear it then?
Liz

Lance said...

The Kenny Baker track on Spotify features a guitar solo so, in retrospect, who would bet against it being by Ike Isaacs?

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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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance