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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Thursday, June 08, 2023

Ten of the best from Tubby Hayes.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Tubby Hayes - indisputably this country's best ever jazz musician be it on tenor sax, flute or vibes.

I was fortunate enough to see him live either as part of the Jazz Couriers, the group he co-led with Ronnie Scott or with his own quartet  or quintet.

I've set myself the impossible task of picking out my ten favourite albums (in chronological order) which, after constantly changing my mind, ended up as the following:

Tubby Hayes: The Little Giant. I'm unashamedly cheating here as this is actually a 4 CD set that covers his early years (1954-56) with the big bands of Vic Lewis and Jack Parnell as well as smaller groups with Jimmy Deuchar, Dizzy Reece and Victor Feldman.

The Jazz Couriers: Live at the Dominion Theatre. The Couriers were without doubt the best modern small group in the UK at the time (1958) with Scott and Tubbs displaying the mastery of their instruments.

Tubby Hayes: The Eighth Wonder. Recorded a month after the previous album, by the wonders of multi-tracking Tubby plays 2 altos, 3 tenors, baritone, vibes and piano on three tracks. Truly wonderful. There's also a further nine tracks recorded a year later (1959) by his quartet (Shannon, Clyne and Seaman).

Tubby Hayes: Tubbs. The quartet, this time with with Bill Eydon on drums, plus some big band tracks and a great version on vibes of The Folks Who Live on the Hill. 1961.

Tubby Hayes and the All Stars: Return Visit. Tubby's second visit to New York saw him teamed up with Roland Kirk, Jimmy Gloomy (James Moody), Walter Bishop Jr., Sam Jones and Louis Hayes - five of the city's finest. He proved that he too was world class. 1962.

Tubby Hayes Quintet: A tribute: TUBBS. Recorded live in 1963 at the Dancing Slipper, Nottingham, the quintet of Tubby, Deuchar, Shannon, Freddy Logan and Allan Ganley are in fine form.

Tubby Hayes Quintet: Live at Ronnie Scott's. The same quintet are showcased on this vinyl recording from 1964. Blues and Modes Parts 1 and 2 occupy the two sides of the album. 1964.

Tubby Hayes: Live at the Hopbine featuring Tommy Whittle. I visited the Hopbine quite often when I made periodic trips to London. I did once see Tubbs and Tommy there but I don't know if it was this one or a different one altogether! I do remember enjoying the contrasting styles of both players. 1965.

Tubby Hayes Quartet: Mexican GreenI've saved what many regard as 'the best' almost till last and, deservedly so. Mike Pyne (piano), Ron Mathewson (bass), Tony Levin (drums). The influence of John Coltrane, who'd just died was evident and Tubby Hayes had never been one to rest on his laurels as this 1967 album proves.

Tubby Hayes Quartet: Live at the Hopbine 1968 Vol 1. Another vinyl gem this time with Louis Stewart on guitar, Kenny Baldock on bass and Spike Wells on drums.

Any of the above albums are a testimony to the greatness of a legend who left us 50 years ago aged just 38.

For more on Tubby Hayes check out Simon Spillett's The Long Shadow of the Little Giant. Lance 

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