Total Pageviews

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).

Archive

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.

Today Monday September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

?????

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mike Durham Funeral Arrangements.


Patti Durham sent me this re Mike's funeral - "I thought I'd update you - I got confirmation this afternoon from the Funeral Director that the service will be at the Trinity church next Thursday - 21 March.  I've asked for a morning time - at about 11 am.  Afterwards we'll meet up at the Village Hotel - for drinks, buffet, jokes, stories, etc.  plus maybe some more music.  Derek Fleck, Brian Chester and co will play us in and out of the church for the service.  As someone else said, Mike is now walking with the king 
Thanks, Patti x". PS 11am confirmed.
-----

Beautiful to connect up with the two jazz venues Mike was most associated with in recent years. Patti, we offer you, Cassie and Chris, our absolute, deepest, sympathies and I, personally, am gutted that I will be unable to pay my respects in person. Rest assured that my thoughts will be alongside those of everyone present. 
If, on Thursday at 11am, I'm singing the blues it will be Bix's version as I reflect upon Mike and our mutual love of the great cornet player from Davenport. Iowa.
May he indeed walk with the King as, in our north east dukedom, he was indeed Jazz Royalty.
Lance.

1 comment :

John C. Hallam. said...

Sadly, I too will be unable to be at Mike's funeral. I will be on my way back from a working trip to Paris . I tried to cancel one appointment and come back late on Wednesday but it was not feasible.
Having known Mike for 30+ years, depped in the WJRK, been a member of his Swing Six, Spats Rhythm Boys, the recreated Jos Q Atkinson Band and worked alongside him on the British Dance Band project. I had the greatest respect for his knowledge, unbounded enthusiasm and organisational ability. I also played in almost every Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, from the first (with organiser Ray Brown). Not a year went by that the Festival grew in stature, to become what many regard as the premier Classic Jazz and Hot Dance festival in the world.
Mike quietly stamped his personality and enthusiasms on the Festival, and it is difficult to imagine jazz in the North East without this remarkable man.
I am sorry that I won't be there on Thursday but I am sure that Mike's legacy will continue.
John
p.s. I don't know whether Patti will thank me for this.... it was me who started Mike collecting old trumpets !

Blog Archive

About this blog - contact details.

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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance