Bebop Spoken There
Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).
Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)
Today Monday February 27
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Rest in Peace.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
(Review by Lance).
(Review by Lance.)
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The photo of Sarah Vaughan (above) was from the work of the legendary Toronto Photographer the late George Hoeffler. Hoeffler left behind some stunning, pre-digital, work which is available in poster form from Blue Sun Images. Check them out.
Monday, January 28, 2013
(Photo by Kaveh Emami)
Sunday, January 27, 2013
(Review by Ray.)
Saturday, January 26, 2013
(Review by Lance).
(Review by JC.)
Friday, January 25, 2013
PS: I came across this report from 2002 of Ray's success in the BBC's Big Band Competition.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Nobody accepts that you've gone "Up There" or, more likely, "Down below". Lance.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Stuart Davies: Guitar/Vocals.
John Waugh: Tenor
Paul Edis: Piano
Liam Fender: Keys
Ian Patterson: Bass
Dave Lourie: Kit.
(Review by Lance).
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
(Report by Lance.)
The death was reported in the Shields Gazette last night of Vince Bovill. Vince was born in South Shields but graduated via local palais bands to London where he joined the Vic Lewis Orchestra in 1949 playing second tenor alongside another South Shields saxophonist, Kathy Stobart.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Alan Law (piano), John Pope (double bass) and Jeff Armstrong (drums) are a perfectly balanced trio - they all lead and accompany. And they can all play stupendously fast and clever phrases, but only when the music requires it. Not a show off in sight.
It was an honour to sing for them that night. Jay came up to us after the set and told me that I had sung his song exactly as he hoped it would be sung. I was completely overwhelmed and knocked out. It was one of the most magical moments of my life, to sing this exquisite song to the person who had given it life. We kept in touch until Jay died in 2001. He used to love to send me little notes by fax and I've kept them all. That night and that friendship are among the most special memories of my life. What a magnificent songwriter and person! Ten years later, I recorded NEVER LET ME GO by Jay Livingston/Ray Evans.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
In 1973 after working with Miles Davis and being a founding member of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra Cobham formed his own Jazz Rock Funk Fusion band. This budget box series covers the five albums recorded between 1973 and 1975 and is a real treat for anyone who is either an aficionado of this genre or a drumoholic like myself.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra
Hsq+2 (Hillary Step saxophone Quartet)
Iain Dixon/Mike Walker Quintet
Jamil Sheriff Trio
Engine Room Favourites
Full details here.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Thank you Seb.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Hello everyone, and welcome to a New Year of traditional jazz! This coming weekend offers a chance to hear trumpeter Digby Fairweather in two different musical settings. Digby is of course well-known as a bandleader, broadcaster, author and seven-times winner of the prestigious UK Jazz Awards trumpet poll.
Initially influenced by Louis Armstrong, he switched from trumpet to cornet and gradually evolved his own distinctive style incorporating Louis' fire with the melodic sophistication of giants such as Bix Beiderbecke, Wild Bill Davidson, Bobby Hackett and the late Ruby Braff, playing with a mellow tone and supreme technical facility. He also supplies wryly humourous commentary between tunes.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
It had been a good evening and we left to the strains of Get Happy (with an altered lyric)
Kav was on hand to take photos.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
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- Walter Smith III @ The Sage
- Keith's Café @ Newcastle University Jan. 29.
- Zoe Gilby @ The Cask, Scarborough. Jan 23.
- Zoe and Andy off to Finland
- CD Review: The Jive Aces - King of the Swingers.
- Jazz Photographers Past and Present.
- Tomorrow's Uni gig directions.
- Ray Chester Funeral Details
- CD Review: Wave Mechanics Union: Further To Fly
- Ex-Extreme @ Splinter @ The Bridge.
- Greg Spero to Return to UK.
- Alan Barnes and John Hallam @ Boston Spa Jan. 26.
- CD Review: Fact Finding Mission Trichotomy
- CD Review: Wayne Shorter - Without a Net.
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- Farewell Ray Chester
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- Death of a Duke...
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- Gort @ Hexham Jazz Club. January 17
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- The Curse of the Banjo and Other Stories
- Stacey Kent meets Jay Livingston
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- Crombie Video by Duncan Davis.
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- THE BIG SCORE! --JAZZ IN THE MOVIES !
- Farewell My Lovely/ The Long Goodbye Part 2.
- Londonjazz Pays Tribute to Keith Crombie
- Keith Crombie Funeral Arrangements for Tomorrow (M...
- R.I.P. George Gruntz.
- Two Chances to Dig Digby Next Week.
- RIP Claude Nobs.
- Debra Milne Ensemble @ Hoochie Coochie
- CD Review: Asuka Kakitani - BLOOM.
- Locks Changed at Jazz Café
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- Vote Now!
- Sadly from Wally Nash
- Mike Carr's Blue Note Band Re-visited.
- There Will Never Be Another Keith
- 10th Anniversary Concerts The Tommy Smith Youth J...
- The Long Goodbye Part One.
- Keith Crombie feature in Sunday Sun today.
- What I Did in the New Year Holidays by Ann Alex
- Best Books.
- Improvisation course in Gateshead.
- CD Review: Dan Phillips BKK Trio + Jakob Dineson -...
- Sunday at the Jazz Café.
- Funeral arrangements finalised.
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- In Tonight's Chronicle.
- And still the tributes come...
- Sunday's Tribute to Keith
- Crombie's Funeral
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About this blog - contact details.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)