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Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'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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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

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

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

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Ten Irish Jazz Musicians from the 1960s and '70s: No. 2 - Tony Drennan

The piano player with the Butler Fox band (see No. 1) was a delightful and very gentle man named Tony Drennan. He was totally dedicated to jazz, and piano in particular, sometimes to the detriment of the more practical things in life it must be said. While his favourite piano player was Teddy Wilson, he was an excellent exponent of both boogie woogie and stride piano and was a big fan of Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Fats Waller. At any Butler Fox band session he would always be given the opportunity to play a couple of boogie solos, Honky Tonk Train Blues being one of my favourites.

During his career Tony Drennan played many regular gigs and concerts in Dublin and throughout Ireland and was often called upon to support visiting artists from the UK and US. Along with other Irish jazz musicians he played with Bud Freeman on a now very rare album recorded in 1976 Bud Freeman - The Man; Live in Dublin.

His love for music was passed on to his children and one son, Myles, is now one of Irelands most acclaimed jazz piano players (and he also plays drums to a high standard) and another, Anto Drennan, is a much sought after guitarist who has played with Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics, Clannad, Moving Hearts, the Corrs and many other groups.

Inspired by his playing and the fact that a good friend of mine was taking piano lessons from him, I signed up as well. However the difference was that my friend had quite a lot of musical ability whereas I had…….After a few sessions, Tony Drennan realised my lack of potential and rather than try and teach me to play he decided to try and educate me about jazz piano - a sensible decision.

Therefore lessons consisted of us listening to his record collection and then him demonstrating what the pianists were doing on his piano. It was at one of these lessons I first heard Art Tatum on record and was completely stunned by his playing. Tony didnt try to replicate his playing on the piano so it was not until I came to Newcastle that, much to my surprise and delight, I heard a local pianist play a sensational version of Art Tatums Tea for Two live. My equivalent of that madeleine cake moment in Proust.

JC

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