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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.


13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On


Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential:

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Remembering Clark Terry.

1958. Odeon Cinema, Newcastle: Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra.

The first time I'd heard the Ellington band live and the first time I'd heard Clark, What a band and what a trumpet section! Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker and Ray Nance. I don't think Duke ever had a better one.

1973. San Sebastian Jazz Festival: Clark Terry and his Orchestra.

An open air concert in Plaza de la Trinidad. It was raining. The band was enclosed and the famous French jazz critic Hugues Panassié was sipping an aperitif protected from the rain by a huge umbrella - I wasn't! Did the rain spoil the concert for me? No way, I simply ensured that I was as wet on the inside as I was on the outside with the aid of liberal doses of cuba-libra. 

This was one of the best big bands I've ever heard or seen. Alongside Clark in the trumpet section was another great trumpet player, Richard Williams. The saxes included Jimmy Heath, Ernie Wilkins, Arnie Lawrence and Chris Woods. Jimmy Willkins and Richard Boone were among the bones whilst piano, bass and drums were Horace Parlan, Eddie Jones and Grady Tate. I was on a high and the white rum only partly contributed to it.

1983. North Sea Jazz Festival. The Clark Terry Octet

Clark was a regular at the Dutch festival which was, back then, held in Den Haag. This particular year he was with a mix of Dutch and American musicians (see photo)  - Ray Bryant (piano); Clark Terry (flugel); Major Holley (bass); Piet Noordyk (alto sax); Ferdinand Povel (tenor sax); Harry Edison (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone), Gus Johnson (drums).

A lot of big hitters there but, amazingly, apart from Clark, the one who really set it alight was hometown boy Noordyk - one of the best alto players I've ever heard!

That, I think was the last time I heard Clark Terry live. Fortunately, made a lot of fine records before he left us in 2015 at the age of 94 although, to be honest, I never quite got away with his Mumbles recordings but that was the only time.

Apart from the Ellington's, there's an Emarcy album, Jam Session, where he locks horns with Clifford Brown and Maynard Ferguson and doesn't settle for third place. His Don't Worry 'Bout Me on the ballad medley is pure magic.

May he still be remembered in another hundred years time and every day in between ...


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