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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.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Derek Smith - piano export

There was Marian Page (McPartland), George Shearing, Ralph Sharon, Dill Jones and Derek Smith. All British pianists who emigrated to The States. We know about the first four but what is Derek Smith doing these days?
Jon-Erik Kelso has posted a Kenny Davern video with Derek on piano which has prompted the question. I guess he's 81 now.
Lance.

2 comments :

Russell said...

I recently bought, second hand, a Derek Smith CD 'Dark Eyes' on the Prestige label (released 1983) with the great George Duvivier on double bass and Gus Johnson on drums. Take the A Train, Misty and Lover Come Back to Me are but a few of the swinging standards played with brio not dissimilar in approach to Oscar Peterson. I see that Smith celebrated his birthday last Friday (August 17)

Anonymous said...

Have just returned home to England after a wonderful time visiting Uncle Derek in New Jersey. He is still playing and publishing great stuff. I will let him know you are asking about him.