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Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Friday, June 08, 2018

RIP Ray Tones

Sad to learn of the death, on May 26, of another South Tyneside pianist/organist Ramon (Ray) Tones. Although better known on the CIU Club circuit than the jazz scene Ray was, nevertheless, a fine jazz pianist heavily influenced by Erroll Garner and his famed Concert by the Sea album. Resident for many years at The Shack in Boldon and later at the Alberta in Jarrow. Ray was well-respected for his all-round ability irrespective of the genre.
He was also the uncle of luthier/guitar repairer/guitarist Les Tones.
Condolences to wife Mary and family may he Rest In Peace.
Lance.
PS: The passing of Ray reminds me of the number of very fine South Tyneside based pianists that have left us over the past couple of years - Alan Bulley, Derek Hunter, George Laing and now Ray Tones.
Apologies for the quality of the photo of Ray taken over 20 years ago at the now, long demolished, Ellison Arms in Hebburn. The pub owner looks on appreciatively.

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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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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.)
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