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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Friday, March 06, 2020

RIP McCoy Tyner

(By Lance)

Steve T has, sadly, brought to my attention the breaking news that pianist McCoy Tyner died earlier today (March 6) aged 81.

No need to write his obituary - that is linked later - his pedigree is well known.

I heard McCoy Tyner live on two occasions. The first was at Newcastle City Hall back in November 1961 with the legendary Coltrane Quartet augmented by Eric Dolphy (Trane, Dolphy, Tyner, Workman, Jones). It should have been a Damascus moment for me but, back then, it was so far ahead of jazz as I knew it that I left totally bemused. 


Fast forward to 2009 at Sage Gateshead (or 'The Sage' as it was known then and still is in most people's minds) and it was a whole different ballgame. Playing in a quartet with Joe Lovano on tenor, after an indifferent first set, they played a tremendous second set and all was forgiven.

I've since listened to the Coltrane albums many times and, over the years, realised just how great the concert, that I despised so much at the time, must have been!

I was so pleased to have heard Tyner again and to truly appreciate his genius.

Farewell to one of the greats - Rest In Peace.
Lance.

NY Times obituary.

2 comments :

Steve T said...

No doubt, one of the biguns. I've only just started playing through the Heavyweight Champion and Complete Studio Impulse Recordings again. His short solo on My Favourite Things I rate amongst the most beautiful moments in all of music. I remember a time we were seriously skint and for some reason didn't get a Sage brochure. A 'friend' went through it on the phone and when he said McCoy Tyner Trio, my scepticism of piano trio won over and I decided against. At that time I wasn't much concerned with ticking boxes and wanted to have a good time at a gig. It was only later I found out it was plus a guest saxophone and I've only just found out it was Joe Lovano. Try to imagine my pain.

brian ure said...

Thank you for posting the sad news of McCoy Tyner's passing. I'm listening to his "Passion Dance" album which I just had to dig out of my collection of LPs as I haven't played it for years.
I was at the City Hall concert of '61 and was alternately amazed and confused by some of the music heard that night. I remember well the extended My favourite things, the number of drumsticks broken by Elvin Jones, and McCoy Tyner's percussive playing. A long time ago and making more sense and clarity now than it did in my early years of jazz appreciation.

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