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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Teddy Wilson in Newcastle

Anyone at this concert in 1953? And who were the members of the Alan Nicholson Swingtette? All of this for half a crown - 12½p!
Lance.
Photo on the right from Edinburgh jazz festival,

6 comments :

  1. Hi Lance,I'm sure i was at this concert with a drummer mate of mine & Alan Nicholsons Swingtette probably had his brother Billy on trumpet but i can't remember the rest of the group.

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  2. Listen to him with Pres., wonderful pianist.

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  3. Just been listening to him with the Benny Goodman Quartet, Great!

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  4. I remember the concert but, because I had school the next day, my parents wouldn't let me go. I did however, hear Teddy with Dave Shepherd at Edinburgh in the early '80s and he was superb.

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  5. The late Mick Potts of the Gateway Jazzband told me that Teddy always stayed with him when he played Carlisle. Like Mick, Teddy was fond of a tipple. Apparently, without fail, the household would be awakened by a crash in the middle of the night when Teddy fell out of bed, loaded, although he couldn't remember anything about it the next day. I, too, saw Teddy at the Dragonara Hotel in Edinburgh in the early 1980's, playing as immaculately as ever.

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  6. The future award winning film directer Mike Figgis was a regular customer when I worked in JG Windows music shop. His father was a big jazz fan and he had, I knew, a pile somewhere out west. Figgis senior came into Windows one day and said "I'm throwing a party on Saturday night. Teddy Wilson will be playing. Do come along." It was only after he'd left that I realised I hadn't a clue where he lived! and so I never got to actually meet Teddy Wilson.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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