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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.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

One dissatisfied Novocastrian

Colin Aitchison, that well-known jazz historian, bon vivant trumpet/trombone player and broadcaster currently resident "somewhere east of Suez" - Ned Kelly's Last Stand in Kowloon, Hong Kong to be exact - uncovered this amazing letter from Radio Review, July, 1936.

It's a hoot!
Lance

5 comments :

NeilC said...

Good luck with that Lance , I can't wait until you tell the ladies and gentlemen vocalists at the next Jam Session , whenever that is , that their Crooning won't be tolerated !

Ann Alex said...

I and many others have been taught jazz-singing by the great Lindsay Hannon at the Sage, and we certainly can't be accused of crooning! The article was funny, mind.

Patti said...

Oh, Lance - and Colin too! This is hilarious - such perfectly archaic writing for that time. But the guy was certainly most hot and bothered - I wonder if he'd heard Ellington's hotter than hades record played on one of those other radio stations? For me, I wouldn't have wanted to exterminate all crooners - there were a few far superior ones on the other side of the pond at this guy's time of writing. Even in the UK, we would have had Al Bowlly - with Ray Noble's great band ......

Lance said...

I agree, you can't be accused of crooning. Crooning was a crime performed by such arch-criminals as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore and many other Public Enemy Number Ones.

Patti said...

One more from me - does anyone know about the history of the Radio Review publication? I've done a few searches, but haven't found any info yet. I know the Radio Times was from the early 20's - but this letter was in the mid 30's, and I'm curious. Can anyone enlighten me please??

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