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Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

The Things They Say!

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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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Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Nick Tomalin remembers Bill Kinghorn

Brian Ebbatson has brought this tribute by Nick Tomalin on London Jazz News to my attention regarding Bill Kinghorn who died on April 28 this year aged 86.

Although born in Newcastle, to the best of my knowledge he wasn't active on the local jazz scene, his main areas of activity were Leeds and later London although he did hold a teaching post in Newcastle in 1967.

He was obviously a rare talent as Nick Tomalin has praised him at the very highest level.

I wonder if any of our readers have memories that they would like to add? - Lance

3 comments :

Gerry Richardson said...

I was a pupil at Foxwood school in Leeds in the 1960s when Bill Kinghorn (and Graham Hearn) were running the music department.

In about 1965 Bill spent a large proportion of the music department budget on a drum kit and a string bass and a staff/student piano trio was formed with Bill on piano, Graham on drums and me on very dodgy bass. He taught me absolutely loads but in a kind of oblique way - 'listen to some Red Garland or try Horace Silver'. He had a regular Sunday night pub gig with a trio and he used to encourage me to sit in on piano. He did show me a few chord voicings but his overarching advice was listen, listen, listen. He was also an orchestral composer. Great bloke!

James Hutchinson said...

I was Bill Kinghorn’s cousin and was invited to listen to him play at the Milvain Club on the West Road-no longer there- along with a bloke called Alan who was playing double bass.
On another occasion I accompanied him to Kenton Lodge Training College where he had been invited to play some Dave Brubeck material..
He later taught.in Leeds then was appointed to head of jazz at Leeds College of Music, later moving to Harrogate.
Jim Hutchinson

Lance said...

My guess is the bass player could possibly be Al Collins who was the top man around that time.

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