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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

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October

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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......

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