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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bruce, Benny & Hilma

As the tenth anniversary of BSH approaches later this month I got to reflecting upon those early days and came across this item I posted in December 2008. The mystery was never solved and I don't suppose it ever will be. I still wonder, did Bruce Turner ever meet Benny Carter? Dave Cliff and Dave Green are still with us perhaps...

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Last year I bought an LP by the Bruce Turner Quartet from a stall in South Shields market, listened to it a few times then put it on the shelf and, as you sometimes do forget all about it.
However, the recent postings, comments and the discovery of the Warne Marsh site prompted me to seek it out once more. The reason being that Dave Cliff plays guitar in the quartet and Turner's playing displays a slight Tristano/Konitz influence.
The disc called appropriately enough "The Dirty Bopper", had the added bonus of being signed by Bruce Turner."
So what? you might ask. Well, I'll tell you what, and this is where my curiosity begins ...
Bruce has signed it "Best wishes Hilma".
How many women do you know called Hilma?
My guess is none.
I Googled the name and there weren't many there either but there was one that stood out - Hilma Carter, widow of the late, great, Benny Carter. (Video link) Bruce Turner, Benny Carter - both alto players of a not dissimilar style.
Coincidence?
Probably; one English, one American and both now dead. If Mrs Carter had been called Mary or Belle or something I wouldn't have given it a second thought but Hilma?
If it did happen to be Hilma Carter how did it end up on a market stall in South Shields?
Nah - it has to be coincidence ... unless someone can tell me otherwise ...
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Incidentally, apart from the mysterious Hilma, the LP itself is quite magnificent with brilliant alto and clarinet from Bruce, a timely reminder of what a great player Dave Cliff was and is, Dave Green, who never made a bad record in his life, doesn't make one here and Eddie Taylor was surely one of the all-time most underrated drummers.
If you find a copy, grab it - even if it isn't signed!
Lance

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