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

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Dexter Gordon @ University Theatre - Info sought.

I wondered if you or the good folks who read your website might be able to help with a query regarding Dexter Gordon's appearance at the University Theatre, Newcastle. 
The gig took place during a jazz festival I think sometime in the late 70s. 
I'm trying to find out who was in the band with him. I recall George Cables on piano but after that, I'm afraid it all goes a bit vague. I'm pretty sure I had my eyes closed all night! 
I was prompted to think about this after I was reunited with a copy of his album, Homecoming. I blogged about it here...
Is there some way of asking readers of your Bebop Spoken Here site to see if someone can recall who else was playing with Cables and Gordon that night in the UT?
Sid Smith

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  1. Well Sid, I too was at that concert along with friends and fellow musicians Charlie Carmichael and Marshall Walker - both now playing in Dexter's band up there. It was an unusual gig inasmuch as Dex seemed to be pretty spaced out (mind you, so were we!) What I remember most is that, after each number, he would hold the tenor in front of him horizontally. I recall the concert started late although I don't remember the behind closed doors bit. He played brilliantly despite, or because of, whatever he was on! I can't recall the other members of the band. Dexter and Wardell Gray are two of my all-time favourite tenor players and, hopefully, someone else may be able to fill in the personnel details.

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  2. A Jazz Journal review from April 1978 of a gig at Ronnie's gives the line-up as Cables on piano, Rufus Reed, double bass and Eddie Gladden on drums. Probably the same tour.

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  3. Have you made contact with dextergordon.org/archive/

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  4. I seem to think this gig was part of the yearly jazz festival organised by Andy Hudson. Yes Dexter and I were very pi__ed. It took an hour or two to get him on stage.The only "modern" gig I can remember about the time was Dave Brubeck at the City Hall. We sat behind the drummer Joe Morrelo on the stage

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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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