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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fogies of the World Unite!

Paul Bream, in his latest Jazz Alert, refers to a comment made by Bill Harper, no less!,"as Anyway how do you find good songs since the 60s as the art of good song writing died with the advent of Rock & Roll & Andrew Lloyd Webber?"
Paul's comment? "As an example of cloth-eared fogeyism that takes some beating!"
Bill Harper has cloth ears? Perhaps Red Rodney (pictured with Bill), Lockjaw Davis, Sweets Edison, Al Grey and countless other JNE imports would disagree after their Corner House sessions with Bill on piano!
Bill and his wife Anne, now long domiciled in France, have always supported jazz and, in the days of Chris Yates, Jazz North East.
Suddenly, fogey doesn't seem such a bad title!
Lance Fogey


stevebfc said...

Dear Mr Fogey
Does this mean that BSH agrees that there hasn't been a decent tune written since the 60s?
Steve 'the best tunes are still to be written'

Lance said...

Of course not, I seem to think there was at least one although, I can't think of its name off hand. Maybe it's one of the ones that are still to be written.

JC said...

Whatever about Rock and Roll, like Paul Bream I too would want to champion the songwriting skills of Andrew Lloyd Webber....

Liz said...


Russell said...

Billy Harper cloth eared? Is this the same Billy Harper who received countless plaudits from American stars visiting the Corner House Hotel in Newcastle to play a Jazz North East engagement? Is this the same Billy Harper who sat poised listening to the codas of the great horn players and found the right chord every time? Calling Billy Harper cloth eared, in this, Jazz North East’s fiftieth year, is to traduce the name of a fine pianist and all those who worked tirelessly to promote memorable gigs.

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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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