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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Bird and Benny

I got to thinking, you know, just thinkin' as one does about Charlie Parker. The man was such a genius I often wondered where he came from and where he would have gone if he'd lived.

I know he came from Kansas City (tell me who didn't know that! on a blues night anywhere in the world everyone is going to KC) but I've spent a lot of years wondering about where he came from musically.

Bird himself has always quoted fellow Kansas City musician Buster Smith  as his mentor and Buster, nicknamed The Professor, was undoubtedly a prime influence. Maybe Fess Williams too but whatever/whoever Buster Smith seems to have been the one. 


All these names are bandied around but, for me, the first time I heard Bird the name that crossed my lips was Benny Carter. Benny wasn't a bopper although he could help them out when they were busy just as Hawkins did. Carter's tone wasn't unalike Bird's. He had the fluency but without the bite but, nevertheless, he came close. In the years that followed there were few who didn't slavishly follow Bird. Benny Carter was one of them.

Benny, as history shows, achieved his own greatness, Apart from being a soloist, bandleader, he was also a great arranger, composer and I'm sure he inspired Bird more than any of the other alto greats such as Hodges and Willie Smith.

Incidentally, Carter also played trumpet and, although he was a fine player, I don't think he influenced Dizzy.

So let's remember Bird tomorrow with the reverence he deserves and no one deserves it more than he but, remember, a bird also needs a nest and maybe Benny Carter was the one who provided it ...
Lance

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