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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Thursday, May 07, 2015

RIP Barry Soulsby

More sad news - Barry Soulsby, clarinetist, saxist and singer with Vieux Carré Jazzmen, Rendezvous Jazz and, over the years, many other bands, died at 8am yesterday.
More details when available.
Barry was 73
Sadly missed.


Steve Andrews (on F/b) said...

Sorry to hear that, Lance. I knew Barry for many years and played tenor in his band at Balmbra's Music Hall (the Saratoga Jazzmen) in 1972, alternating weeks with trombonist Brian Chester, who worked night shifts every two weeks. He was a nice man. My condolences to his family.

Brian Bennett said...

Yes, very sad news indeed and a great loss to our local jazz scene - one of those rare breeds (like Herbie Hudson and Steve Andrews) that combine great jazz musicianship with showmanship - they light up a stage. Barry's vocals such as 'Tain't no sin to take off your skin (and dance around in your bones!); Willie the Weeper; Ace in the Hole; etc., were loved by audiences. All the local bands he was involved with will miss his unique musical ability and personality.

carstairs said...

Another nice man, personally and musically, sadly passed on. I've played many a gig with him in various bands, highlights being the Band Of Brothers ( Rea, McBriarty, Soulsby, and one half of the Hallam twins) or the clarinet duets or trios at the Crescent Club on Mondays. Even a bit of Skiffle when he brought his guitar.
He was also an accomplished classical musician. In fact an all-round person who will be greatly missed.


This was quite a shock, over the last few years on my visits, I have had so much fun playing along side Barry, and was looking so much forward to doing the same this year. My clarinet player from Ned Kelly's Franco Valussi, loved playing a duet with him with the Vieux Carre Jazzmen just last July, and told me Barry has so much soul in his playing. A wonderful clarinet player, who was also full of humor, and I will deeply miss that big smile on his face, when I used to walk into the room.

Colin Aitchison
Hong Kong

steve wilson said...

Rip,Barry will miss your face in Cramlington.

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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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