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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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Saturday, November 05, 2016

The Wheel of Fortune has stopped spinning - RIP Kay Starr.

The death of Kay Starr on Thursday (November 3) left a lump in my throat. Starr's distinctive vocal style made her one of my early heartthrobs. Kay was a pop singer and I had yet to get into jazz, unaware that she'd been into jazz for a long time. Soon I was forgetting her pop hits and discovering the jazz roots. The sides she made as a teenager with Glenn Miller. The emotive Sharecroppin' Blues with Charlie Barnet and the live performance of Good For Nothin' Joe with Barney Kessel. 

These were as good as anything doing the rounds at the time. Then there were the sides with Joe Venuti, with Vic Dickenson, Barney Bigard etc. - Mama Goes Where Papa Goes and You've Got To See Your Mama Every Night or You Don't See Your Mama at All - pop singer? blues singer? jazz singer? The lady ticked all three boxes! She also dubbed Adele Jurgens' singing voice in the 1947 Columbia movie Down to Earth. And, as the picture shows, made the cover of Jazz Journal in 1953.
Kay Starr was 94 - sadly missed.
Lance.
Obituary

2 comments :

  1. I always liked " Bonaparte's Retreat"

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  2. Sad news about Kay Starr who I also thought was a fine singer.
    I played the EP of the Gene Norman session many years ago to Barney. The EP cover had a photo of Barney and he was also credited as part of the backing group. I thought it did not sound like his usual style and he confirmed it was definitely not him. Including the track ‘Good for Nothing Joe’ .A mistake at Capitol records production. He thought it sounded like Al Hendrickson who also worked for Capitol. Barney thought he may have been booked for the session – and so the confusion - but could not make it at the last minute. Barney of course backed Kay on several occasions. Thought you may be interested.

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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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