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Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

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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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

R.I.P. Pete La Roca

The death was announced yesterday of American drummer Pete La Roca who played and recorded  on Blue Note. with Sonny Rollins, Freddy Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, Art Farmer, Jaki Byard, Johnny Coles and many others - they all benefited from his inspired drumming. He preceded Elvin Jones with Coltrane.
To remind myself of his ability, I dug out Freddie Hubbard's Night of the Cookers - a 2 volume live recording from 1965 with Hubbard and Morgan on trumpets alongside James Spaulding on flute and alto.
La Roca is solid throughout holding it all together whilst the horns are going berserk in the kitchen! He has an extended solo on Volume 2 that further rubber stamps his CV - a greatly underrated drummer who actually took time out to become a lawyer successfully suing a record company for re-releasing his second album as a leader under Chick Corea's name.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

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