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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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.

Wednesday September 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

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

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CANCELLED

Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

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.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Farewell Michael Garrick M.B.E.

The shock news has just reached me via LondonJazz of the death of Michael Garrick pictured here with our Ann Alex at a trio concert in Gateshead last year - the year he was made an M.B.E.
One of the most outstanding composers, arrangers, pianists in British, nay world, jazz Michael Garrick died yesterday on November 11 - another reason for remembering that date.
He was 78.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

5 comments :

Germaine Stanger said...

So sorry to hear of Michael Garrick's death. I sang with him on a two night 'Pizza on the Park' gig organised by Andy Hudson, too many years ago to mention. For some reason Malcolm Saul,(with whom I normally sang), couldn't make the gig at the last minute and would you believe, the 'dep' was Michael - how about that!
He was outstanding.I will always remember his playing and how he worked so hard to make it feel as if we had worked together for ages. A lovely guy and a great pianist. Germaine Stanger.

Anonymous said...

I am devastated. I have not seen Mike for 45 years but was bass player with Mike in his first trio and played many concerts with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane(I am on the LPs Jazz and Poetry from 1964 I believe it was. I was honoured to have been mentioned in his autobiography. But is was the honour of having been 'selected' by Mike to play in his trio/quintet. What an inspiration he was (as is) to so many. Mike always played in a style he believed in although his originality did not always meet with instant approval. For many, this came later - as it did with me. I chose a career along different lines, but have often asked myself if I should not have followed the heart and kept to jazz. Well, I switched from bass to piano - but also from (semi)prof to amateur. Mike is always there as an inspiration. I never had, and will never have, his technique, but Mike was not concerned with that. He was devoted to sounds, harmonies, rhythms and cross-rhythms - all in rich combinations. Just listen to his trio - groups and big band. He aspired all his life to inspire others. His music will continue to do so. I hope that his summer/winter courses will survive and continue to bear his his name. Musicians, classical and jazz - and more, owe him this. Mike never distinguished between the typical categories of music - music was what it was - a genre to bring people together. He did this with devotion and enthusiasm.
I can only say 'Thanks Mike' for myself and so many others.
John Taylor, Oslo

Ann Alexander said...

I met Michael only last year at this gig and didn't know much about him, but he was a real gentleman so news of his death is quite a shock.
Ann Alex

Lance said...

Tonight at the London Jazz Festival gig at The Spice of Life Trudy Kerr sang and dedicated "Don't Get Around Much Any more" to Michael.

Lance said...

Cormack Loane reminded me of a memorable occasion which I had forgotten(!) of when the Newcastle Big Band - we were both members of the sax section - played a support gig with Michael Garrick back in the 1970's.

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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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