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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - Musical Express, 16-9-49.
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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Death of a Legend. RIP Buddy Greco (August 14, 1926 - January 10, 2017)

Buddy Greco died yesterday.
Although he was 90, it seemed he would go on forever. A vocalist who could hold his head high alongside Sinatra, Tormé and Bennett he was also an outstanding pianist who, as a teenager, held down the piano chair with Benny Goodman.
It was when I purchased a record by the Goodman Sextet that I first encountered him. This was Benny's bop band and the tune was In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee with Wardell Gray on tenor and Buddy on piano and vocals.
From then on I was hooked, buying the 45's Lady is a Tramp and Around the World as well as, among others, the LP Live at Mr. Kelly's. An album comparable with the best of any by his contemporaries. Apart from a choice selection of standards, there's a swinging instrumental duo feature reminiscent of Nat Cole.
Live, I saw him 3 times. At Ronnie Scott's in the '90s; with NYJO at Newcastle City Hall in 2006 and at the Gala Theatre, Durham, in 2008
He never failed to delight.
On each occasion, his current wife (pictured with Buddy signing autographs at Durham), Lezlie Anders, appeared alongside him and she too could sing.
Buddy Greco died in Las Vegas on January 10 aged 90.
May he rest in peace. Very sadly missed.
Lance.

3 comments :

Eric McKenzie Stutt (on F/b) said...

Superstar!! R.I.P.

Brian James White (on F/b) said...

RIP Buddy.

Polly Mullins (on F/b) said...

RIP saw him in vegas so long ago wonderful xx

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