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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).


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 September 23



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.



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

Thursday, September 08, 2011

King Kenton - Queen Claire

Those of us "of a certain age" did, in our youth, have firm views on the music of Stan Kenton - we either loved it to the point of Beatle-like adulation or condemned it as being the musical equivalent of the Third Reich!
This still bemuses me and, listening to this wonderful Prom Celebration on Radio 2, the music now seems greater than ever albeit no longer controversial!
Directed by former Kenton trombonist Jiggs Whigham the BBC Big Band interpreted the original Holman, Paich, Kenton charts in a manner that did credit both ways. Martin Shaw's Portrait of a Count would surely have drawn praise from Candoli Minor himself!
The thing that most hits me looking back is that, despite the controversy at the time, it was MUSIC! Sure it wasn't Dixie or Swing although it usually did swing (Shelly Manne on drums - not swing?!) but the main thing was that it grabbed the pre-brainwashed public. In 1953 there were trips to Dublin to hear the band owing to the Musicians Union not allowing them to play in UK - unions eh?
This concert is a superb example of the great man's music and with Claire Martin doing the June Christy/Chris Connor vocal bits it's as if I was in Dublin or the Balboa Ballroom or the Hollywood Palladium! The final That Old Black Magic not only had Claire strutting her stuff but MD Jiggs dusted off his trombone for a fine chorus.

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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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