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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Douglas, trumpeter & podcaster: “The first suggestion was, “Can you get Kenny G on the show?” And I thought, that would be great. I don’t think Mr. G would do it, but boy, I would welcome that opportunity.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Before we criticise the milestone for walking we should compare it with the milestones that stand still" - (Daily Telegraph March 9, 1968).

Today Wednesday November 25

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Alice Grace w. Pete Gilligan Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Take it to the Bridge Jazz Workshop - |The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Christmas with the Rat Pack - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £29.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Musicians Turn Out In Force To Pay Their Respects to Marshall

Pleased to see so many familiar faces at the Crem. for Marshall Walker's funeral. I'll say this for the jazz world, they are united when it comes to saying goodbye to their own.
Tubby Hayes' "There Will Never Be Another You" played the mourners in and Sting's "Every Breath You Take" played them out
Afterwards at the Ravensworth Arms there was also a good turnout and I only regret that circumstances decreed I couldn't stay long enough to exchange reminiscences with those present.


  1. Hello Lance
    Thanks (on behalf of all the local jazz fratenity I'm sure) for giving a very nice, heartfelt eulogy which encapsulated Marshall's love of and career in jazz, his dry humour etc.

  2. Thanks Roly, it was nervewracking but, ultimately, satisfying. You know what it's like having done it for Clem (Avery)- the appreciation shown by family and friends afterwards makes you feel glad that you did it.

  3. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind words and support which helped make yesterdays funeral of our father, Marshall bearable. We know that Marshall would have been very proud of the day and of his musician friends (pals). We would like to say a very special thank you to Lance and Brian for their help in choosing the correct 'Jazz' number and for the speech which was written and read so well. The memories that were shared helped lift the mood on the day. This Bebop web site is an excellent idea and Marshall would have loved reading all the posts that are on it. Take care and keep enjoying your music Andrew and Louise Walker.
    (Copied from a previous posting for maximum coverage)


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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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.
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