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


16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Remembering Glenn Miller

This being Remembrance Day it seems an appropriate time to mention Glenn Miller.

Although much maligned, since his disappearance over the English Channel in Dec. 1944, there have probably been more Miller tribute bands than those of Basie, Ellington, Goodman and Shaw combined.

In America, Tex Beneke, Ralph Flanagan, Ray McKinley and even Glenn's previously unknown brother Herb jumped on to the 'bandwagon' if you'll pardon the pun.

In the UK, bands such as Syd Lawrence and Ray McVay continued to serenade the moon and I believe that there's even a Syd Lawrence tribute band doing the rounds.

In the excellent, albeit inaccurate, movie The Glenn Miller Story much emphasis was placed on Miller the arranger although some of his best numbers such as Little Brown Jug and String of Pearls were actually arranged by Bill Finegan and Jerry Gray. Billy May also chipped in. 

However, Miller's greatest achievement was his leadership of the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. 

Based in Bedford, England, the band of the American Expeditionary Force has been well documented in Geoffrey Butcher's book Next to a Letter From Home. Q

With a line-up that included Mel Powell, Peanuts Hucko, Bernie Priven, Ray McKinley, Nat Peck (later with Clarke, Boland) the band out-swung their civilian counterpart hands down. And, with vocalist Johnny Desmond, who was nicknamed 'The Creamer' - no guesses as to which part of his listener's anatomy he was 'creaming' - it was the real deal. Pure conjecture but, had Sinatra answered the call and Desmond been classified as being '4F' then the course of popular singing may have changed - at least until Elvis came along!

An RCA album displays the band at its most swinging with a version of Flying Home that ranks alongside Hamp's.

Then there was  the Uptown Hall Gang, the small group that was brilliantly recreated by Martin Litton at this year's Classic Jazz Party.

True there was a lot of schmaltz in Miller's recordings but there was also a lot of swing and it is for this latter quality I will remember him. Lance


Patti said...

I sometimes wonder how many fans of the more schmaltzy Glenn Miller records will know about the time he played 'hot trombone' with the Mound City Blue Blowers on that classic 1930 recording of Hello Lola. Incidentally, this was one of poet Philip Larkin's Desert Island top ten records.

Steve Andrews said...

The jazz world has Glenn Miller to blame for my efforts over the past 58 years - it was seeing the Jimmy Shhtewart movie on the telly in 1965 that got me into playing jazz. Further to Patti's comment above, Miller was also a fine soloist in the Ben Pollack band of the late 1920s, alongside such luminaries as Benny Goodman and Jimmy McPartland. He was replaced by Jack Teagarden, who, Miller was the first to admit, took jazz trombone playing to another level!

Steven Smith said...

Hello! I'm hoping to contact the New Century Ragtime Orchestra. I lead a Ragtime orchestra in Olathe, Kansas, USA, and I'm seeking an orchestration for "Hello, Ma Baby". Please email me at . Any help appreciated!

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