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Today Tuesday February 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Acoustic Infusion w Ray Dales - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Abbie Finn Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations). Hexham Jazz Club.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

RIP Milcho Leviev.

Peter Bevan has gently reminded me that pianist Milcho Leviev passed away on October 12. How could I have allowed this to go unrecorded when the Bulgarian pianist was an integral part of one of the most compelling gigs I'd ever attended?

I refer to  the appearance at the 1980 Newcastle Jazz Festival when Leviev performed as part of the Art Pepper Quartet. I subsequently bought a couple of the LPs he recorded with Art - Blues For the Fisherman and True Blues. Classics that are a timely reminder of what a great player he was.

Milcho Leviev was 81 - may he rest in peace.
Lance.

2 comments :

Jeff Williams (on F/b) said...

Make a List Make a Wish is one of my all time favourite performances both from Milcho Leviev and Art Pepper. Well, we've all got to go sometime. I wish I had something as artistically wonderful to leave the world when it's my turn!

Niall Armstrong said...

Reading this makes me more than "Sad, a little bit". He was a beautiful pianist who enjoyed the full percussive range of the piano. His playing with Don Ellis led me into his musical world. His duo album recorded in Japan with Dave Holland (Oracle) is a favourite of mine. As he said in interview, "you PLAY music, you don't DO music".

Quick story I heard about Milcho- after leaving Bulgaria, and rehearsing in New York with Ellis for the first time he was taking a smoke break on the "sidewalk". A pair of NY cops ask him "hey, do you have a record?" to which he replied grandly, "I have many records", which led to an escort down to the police station......