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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Woodford: "I noticed when I went to hear some jazz in a little pub on the outskirts of London the people were really listening. I'm used to guys in bars only interested in making out with their girl friends. Here the idea seems to be to take a girl, enjoy the music, and make out later." - (Crescendo September 1972).
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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, October 14, 2011

R.I.P. Piet Noordijk.

Very saddened to learn of the death of Dutch alto player Piet Noordijk
Relatively little known outside of Holland, I had the pleasure of hearing him a couple of times at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag back in 1983.
He played baritone with The Ramblers accompanying Benny Carter but it was as a bebop altoist that he really shone. I'd gone to the festival with the late Charlie Carmichael and, although there were many top Americans there - Dizzy, David Murray, Archie Shepp, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Shelly Manne and many more - it was Noordijk who left the lasting impression with us. His alto playing, infused as it was with the teachings of Bird, soared above everything else and to this day I cannot understand why his name never crops up. Listen to Groovin' High on the YouTube clip and you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about.
Piet Noordijk died on October 9 age 79.
YouTube clip.
Obituary.
Lance.

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