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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

RIP Van Alexander

Big band leader, composer, arranger Van Alexander passed away on July 19 age 100.
I particularly remember Van Alexander for his soundtrack for the 1959 film The Big Operator - reminiscent of the Main Title theme from The Man With a Golden Arm. What I only discovered today was that he scored the original version of A-Tisket-A-Tasket for Ella Fitzgerald way back in 1935.
Details of his extensive career working with a host of stars can be found here.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

Russell said...

On yesterday's Jazz Record Requests a track by Dakota Staton included Van Alexander.

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