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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

RIP Dave Brubeck.

Just heard the sad news that pianist/composer Dave Brubeck has died one day before his 92nd birthday. I don't think there is a jazz fan alive who hasn't, at one point, had strong feelings about Dave and his music. Personally I loved him and saw him many times in Newcastle as well as travelling to Leeds to hear him. Apart from the unusual time signatures he also composed such lovely pieces as In Your Own Sweet Way and Strange Meadowlark.
He didn't always swing, but when he did it was something else! and even when he wasn't swinging it was still something else!
The quartet with Paul Desmond, Gene Wright and Joe Morello was probably the most successful small group in jazz history - Wright (age 89) is now the sole survivor. 
The Brubeck legacy is in the hands of his sons Darius, Chris, Dan and Matthew. I had the honour of interviewing Darius two years ago and he told me then that Dave was still giving concerts and playing well.
I guess he was probably the last living jazzman to be known by the general public.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

4 comments :

Lance said...

I must retract that last statement as Marian McPartland herself is known throughout America and the world for her Piano Jazz Radio program and is actually 94! I'm sure she won't mind me mentioning it. I'm currently reading a fascinating biography of the lady and Dave Brubeck is frequently mentioned.

Russell said...

On the same day thirty five years ago Roland Kirk died.

Anonymous said...

Touched by the family response. It confirms what was already apparent from seeing TV interviews etc. - Dave Brubeck was an absolutely lovely, loyal and genuine guy.
Roly

John T. said...

My first ever "modern" gig was Brubeck at Newcastle City Hall. Cheap student seats on the stage and I was mesmerised by Joe Morello