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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Charlie Parker Centennial approaches

The day approaches - only eleven more days until we celebrate the Charlie Parker centennial. August 29 is the date and, although we have to wait a week longer (Sept. 6) for the online celebration by the Jazz Coop at the Globe with Jordan Alfonso and the Alan Law Trio to play their own tribute we, at BSH, as befits the blog name, intend to ensure that the name of Charlie Parker is at the forefront.

To enable us to commemorate the flawed genius we'd appreciate your thoughts be it favourite albums, tunes, solos whatever. It will be difficult, I know. In his short life he produced so much wonderful music that it is difficult to discard anything.

Is there anyone still alive - apart from Sheila Jordan and Roy Haynes - who actually played with Bird?

Here are a couple of my favourites.
Just Friends. "With Strings", in the late 1940s/early1950s was usually guaranteed to be the kiss of death by the jazz critics of the time. Strings? Bring back Paul Whiteman all is forgiven! Fortunately, there were such as Norman Granz who recorded the album and Leonard Feather who included it in his list of all-time favourites in the 1953 Metronome yearbook. 

Listen to Parker's devastating alto intro to the tune and the subsequent exposition. This is the greatest since Louis' West End Blues!

Earlier, before Granz took Bird "under his wing", the alto saxist was out in California recording with Howard McGhee, Wardell Gray, Barney Kessel. Dodo Marmarosa, Red Callender and Don Lamond. It wasn't a happy trip - and I use the word intentionally - but Stupendous was just that!

Let's have your posts, comments etc.,, 
Lance

2 comments :

Russell said...

Sonny Rollins is another living link with Parker.

Steve T said...

Finally got everything together for the big day/ week/ month. Early on I decided Massey Hall (complete) would go in the car, though I haven't yet checked what journeys I'm likely to make that day.
I've still got the Dial Masters double CD but comparable sets on Savoy and Verve seem to have moved on, though I played the Verve Jazz Masters on Verve 15 yesterday as a warmup. I bought some cheap ones a couple of years back, including that and Early Bird by the Jay McShann Orchestra featuring Charlie Parker. There may have been others but I can't find any. Nor have I found Blue Bird which is all Bird and Miles, but I've played it quite recently anyway. If all else fails, Francis has a ten disc boxset with absolutely no accompanying information, though I think it only cost as many quids.
One of the first (non jazz funk) jazz albums I ever bought was by Bird, but it was just the one in the record shop in the early eighties. It took me years to realise it wasn't just people trying to play as many notes as quickly as possible. I got the Duke before I got Bird, though Satchmo took even longer, presumably because it's even older.

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