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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

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

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

RIP Ervan Drake

Ervan Drake isn't a name I normally associate with the great lyric writers and yet, maybe, he should be. Drake provided the words to numbers such as Perdido; Tico Tico; Quando, Quando, Quando and the quasi religious hit I Believe which seemed to be top of the charts forever in 1952, on either side of the pond.. There was also Sinatra's It Was a Very Good Year and Good Morning Heartache - associated with Billie Holiday and every jazz singer since!
Ervan Drake died on January 15, aged 95, but his words will live on. 
Obituary.
Lance.

2 comments :

Patti D. said...

Ah yes, and thank you Lance for reminding us of this great lyricist - whose timeless lines to these great songs will live with us, and those still to discover these gems!

Liz said...

I had never heard of him, and yet...I should have, as these are such great numbers, especially" A very good year."..what a wonderful arrangement the Sinatra version is...those strings!!