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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Farewell to Herb Geller and Yusef Lateef but not to Horace Silver

Just caught up with the sad news that altoist Herb Geller died on December 19 and multi reedman Yusef Lateef died on December 23.
Herb Geller was one of my favourite alto players ever since I heard his version of Bess You is my Woman Now with Clifford Brown and others on an Emarcy Jam Session back in the 1950s. Another favourite was Hollywood Portraits in which he paints musical pictures of stars such as Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Lana Turner and others. Geller, who was 85, died in Hamburg. Sadly missed.
Obituary (includes lovely clip of Herb playing If I Were a Bell.).
Yusef Lateef was a more enigmatic player often striding an experimental path that incorporated eastern rhythms and modes - particularly on oboe. His pedigree is illustrious including time spent with Cannonball, Dizzy and innumerable sessions under his own name.
A reported influence on John Coltrane there were also traces of Lateef in some of Roland Kirk's work.
He was 93.
Lance.
As Mark Twain may or may not have famously said, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.".
And so it was with Horace Silver last week. Jazzwise posted the obituary and we believed it. It was later found to be incorrect and withdrawn.
According to one source, upon hearing the 'sad' news Terry Gibbs phoned up the Silver household to offer his condolences only to find the phone being answered by Horace Silver himself!
"Hey man you're supposed to be dead!"
"I ain't dead, I'm watching a DVD of Monk."
Thank you Simon Spillett for that gem.

1 comment :

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

Oh, I was all made up that the Horace Silver story was a rumour but completely missed the news about these two greats RIP both