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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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Thursday, October 22, 2015

RIP Don Rendell

The devastating news has come through that Don Rendell died on Tuesday (October 20) aged 89. One of the greatest British tenor saxophone players Don Rendell is remembered in the north not only for his association with Ian Carr (Pictured left with Don on photo by Jack Goodwin) but also for his appearance with the Newcastle Big Band. It was in 1973 on that day when Sunderland won the FA Cup in the afternoon and Don Rendell played with the Big Band in the evening The big difference was that I was only listening to the match on the radio whereas I was actually on stage with the great man!
Not that this was the first time our paths had crossed. Back in 1965 I was staying overnight at a hotel in Rawtenstall in Lancashire. I was having my evening meal when I heard the sound of a tenor sax coming from an adjoining room. I questioned the waitress about it. "There's a jazz club on, Don Rendell or somebody." Or somebody! I almost choked myself finishing off my meal. He was in splendid form - was he ever anything else? - and for one night only, to me, Rawtenstall was the finest place on Earth.
The last time I heard Don was at the Ian Carr Memorial concert at the South Bank Centre and age certainly hadn't withered nor custom staled his infinite variety.
We mourn the loss of a true jazz giant.
Sadly missed may he rest in peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I remember him first as a consistently creative musician. Hearing him first with the Dankworth Seven I followed his great work through so many exciting bands. Meeting him on many occasions I always found him genial and enthusiastic. Sadly missed

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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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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.)
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