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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Saturday, September 09, 2023

A Study in Frustration

No, this isn't a reference to the legendary four LP set that acknowledged the importance of, arguably, the first great big band leader and arranger, Fletcher Henderson. Having said that, anyone out there who'd like to post something about Henderson please do so as this is what BSH was intended to be all about in the first place, hence my own frustration.

Okay, so Henderson wasn't a bopper although he did record with perhaps the original bopper Charlie Christian, that's by the by. My original intention was to set up a blog where musicians and fans  could chat and share opinions rather than to become a listing of local gigs and repetitive reviews of local bands and albums by bands from both here and abroad.

I know trying to compete with Facebook is an impossible task - they said that when David got into the ring with Goliath - which is why I share BSH blogs on F/b which keeps us in the fight. However, that's as maybe and nobody's ever going to beat the behemoth that is F/b although I do hear a rustling in the undergrowth ...

What I'm trying to get across here is that, whilst we will continue to review and list gigs, albums and whatever it would help to ease my frustration if you could email me your thoughts and opinions on any jazz related subject, other than self-promotion, that is suitable for posting. Lance (


Steve Andrews said...

As a total Fletcher Henderson fan, I agree he wasn't a bopper but would note that in the 1940s he employed, amongst others, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Linton Garner, Ed Gregory (Sahib Shihab), and Sun Ra, along with many less well-known but worthy young swing-to-boppers. Check out the 1944/45 airshows on YouTube. Smack's last band in 1950 featured the wonderful Lucky Thompson on tenor!

Tony Charlton said...

This post prompted me to dig out one of my favourite 78s - My Gal Sal / Business In F by The Stokers Of Hades (aka Fletcher Henderson) on Parlophone R1196. To my now-antiquated ears, this offers superior sound quality to what is available on the 1961 LP set or subsequent CD reissues.

I have heard Steve Andrews play Business In F with the NCRO. Given that this piece is the work of Archie Bleyer, known in his words as "King Of The Stocks", would this indicate that the arrangement is still currently published? Having read up a bit on Mr.Bleyer, I
find that by the late 1950s he was the father-in-law of an Everly Brother and producer of the duo's famous hits, having had a hit
of his own a little earlier with Hernando's Hideaway. All of which is a far cry from Coleman Hawkins just over twenty years earlier!

Business In F didn't make it to the Frustration set neither, perhaps more surprisingly, did It's The Talk Of The Town, Hawkins' first fully-fledged ballad solo on record. Does anyone have any suggestions why? Some anti-Hawkins bias on the part of John Hammond maybe...

Steve Andrews said...

Re: Tony Charlton's comment, yes, the NCRO played Business in F off the Archie Bleyer stock arrangement (perhaps altered a bit by Dave Kerr, I can't remember now). I doubt that the stock is still available, but Dave seems to have the happy knack of finding them from his sources around the world! I DO remember starting it on the wrong note at Whitley Bay Jazz Festival - because the title is Business in F, I was thinking in concert key, and started on a C rather than a D (concert C on Tenor sax). Sadly for me, this cock-up is for ever immortalised on Youtube! Thanks for the fascinating further history on Bleyer, too.

As to why Hammond omitted those two great Henderson tracks on the LP set, I guess it was simply down to space available and the positive wealth of material that Fletcher left on record. They were both recorded on Columbia, so would certainly have been candidates. It's perhaps strange that he omitted Talk of The Town because it was from a session for English Columbia & Parlophone that Hammond arranged and supervised, so perhaps it WAS anti-Hawkins bias on his part - he certainly was a Lester Young man after the mid-'30s!

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