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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - 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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

R.I.P. Billy Mordue

(Obituary by Lance).
Sad to hear of the death of drummer Billy Mordue who passed away yesterday (Jan. 9) aged 86.
Billy played with the legendary George Evans Orchestra at Newcastle's Oxford Galleries during the 1950s then later, after leaving the Oxford, at the Blue Parrot (now the Potter's Wheel) in Sunniside. The Blue Parrot, one of the first out of town nightspots in the north east, featured the Ken Maddison Trio (Maddison on piano, Eric Dobbing on bass and, of course, Billy on drums along with singer Ethna Campbell) and were very highly regarded.
After that he joined the George Ricco Quartet (pictured) at the Cavendish Club in Newcastle. In the photo Billy is far left along with Andy Milne (bass); Charlie Smith (guitar) and, sitting, pianist George Richardson ("Ricco").
In 1984 he was reunited with George Evans who reformed his band for his (Evans) 70th birthday with a dance at the Mayfair Ballroom and a concert at the People's Theatre.
The Peoples gig had ten saxes, ten brass, four rhythm and two vocalists and included Tommy Whittle, Roy Williams, Stan Coates, Alan Rudd, vocalists Ivy Barnes and Johnny Moran and most of the other top guys of the time (Syd Warren, Arthur Mowatt, Mike Gilby etc.) The Carol Kidd Trio were also on the bill. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience and it was truly a memorable occasion - not least because of Billy Mordue's drumming.
When the above photo appeared on BSH in November 2012 Malcolm, Billy's son in law, informed us that Billy was in the late stages of Alzheimers but that good music still got his feet tapping!
In the photo on the right Billy Mordue is in the centre of the picture taken at the Mayfair in 1984. (names).
He will be sadly missed.
PS: Funeral details will be posted when available.


Tom Render (on F/b) said...

Very sad - Billy played for me at the Tyne Theatre along with George Richardson for a production of Bugsy Malone. Lovely bloke.

Malcolm said...

Hello Lance. Billy's funeral service is to be held at Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton at 3:30pm on Tuesday 20th January. Friends are very welcome.

Lance said...

Thanks Malcolm - he deserves a good turn out.

Carol said...

Sad to hear about Billy. I remember that night very well, such a pleasure to be there.
My thoughts are with his family,
Much Love,

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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.
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