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Bebop Spoken There

Jimi Durso: "Be in tune when you hit the stage [At a jam session]. Also, bring a list of songs you know." - (DownBeat October 2018).

Jazzmeia Horn: "She's not a jazz singer whoever she is [Aretha Franklin]." - (Blindfold Test, DownBeat October 2018).

Today Wednesday September 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00. 20th anniversary of Jazz at Springwell. Guests.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio led by Bradley Johnston.

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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Near Enough For Jazz - Bill Harper Reflects















Former northeast jazz pianist Bill Harper, now living in France, has put together some memories of his 65 years on the jazz scene. As Bill played with many name players both local, national and international it goes without saying that he has a wealth of tales to tell.

The bad news is that he has no intention of having the book published claiming it would be cost-prohibitive and of limited appeal - I would dispute the latter as it is a most fascinating and interesting, not to mention humorous, read. However, the good news is that Bill has kindly given BSH permission to publish extracts so I'll start today with the foreword and front cover.
Lance.

PS: And, with a tantalising glimpse at things to come, the Contents page...

4 comments :

Steve Andrews said...

Well, I would buy it! A top-class pianist, both as a soloist and an accompanist, who knows every (good) tune ever written, it was always a pleasure and a privilege to play alongside Bill. Not least because he is also a very funny man! Publish and be damned, man!

Russell said...

I too would buy a copy!

shepherdlass said...

Bill, if you're reading this, check out print-on-demand platforms like Unbound. May be a risk free way of getting your work published in virtual and print formats

John Hallam (on F/b) said...

How can I get a copy Bill.....even for money?!

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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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