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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

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Sunday, January 06, 2019

RIP Urbie Green

Just heard the sad news that trombonist Urbie Green died on December 31 at the age of 92. One of the true greats on his instrument I first encountered him as part of Woody Herman's New Third Herd. The previous herd featured the saxes on Four Brothers - this one showcased the 'bones on another Giuffre classic - Four Others. Metronome named him as one of the "Arrivals of the Year" in its 1953 yearbook and from then on he never looked back.

Other memories include him blowing on the Buck Clayton Jam Sessions as well as turning up at Eddie Condon's and slotting into the Dixieland idiom as easily as he did the swing/mainstream/modern genre.
A 3 LP live set at New York's Rainbow Rooms with Benny Goodman in a small group that, alongside Benny and Urbie also had Ruby Braff and Paul Quinichette. In his sleeve notes, Benny Green describes Urbie as being what Jack Teagarden might have been if he'd been born 20 years later!
Perhaps the greatest attribute of his many accomplishments was his tone - listen to Skylark on YouTubeAs smooth as silk, he made Tommy Dorsey sound like Kid Ory but, when the occasion demanded it, he could blow tailgate with the best of them.
Truly a man for all seasons and one who will be very sadly missed.
Rest In Peace - every trombone player's music room should have wall to wall albums by Urbie Green.
Lance
Obituary.

2 comments :

Gordon Solomon said...

As you say Lance, another great trombonist has left us. I'm afraid I only have one record of his band,- The persuasive trombone of Urbie Green, but it's one of my treasures. I so admired his playing that I bought, and currently play, a Martin "Urbie Green Special" trombone, under the fond illusion that I would sound a bit like him. As we know, of course, it's not only the instrument that produces the sound, it's the person playing it! It's sad news that he's gone.
Gordon Solomon.

Roly said...

I remember Roy Williams talking about Urbie Green. He loved his playing too.

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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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