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Bebop Spoken There

Ray Anderson: “When I started listening to the Ellington trombones, it was all over.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Let-Me-Out Department: the Melody Maker now has monthly reviews of Cage, Stockhausen et al. A case for a change of name?" - (Daily Telegraph April 18, 1970).

Today Thursday November 26

Vieux Carré Jazzmen -
The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Ray Dales, Kevin Eland, Ernie Jackson & Bryn Jones- Dormans, Linthorpe Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.
Sinatraland w. BBC Big Band, Claire Martin, Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £24, £21, £18.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Rd., South Gosforth NE3 1QL. 6:30pm. Free. Note this month's earlier start.
The Pocket Jazz Orchestra (Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith, Mark Toomey, Noel Dennis) - The Ship, Redmarshall, Stockton on Tees. 8pm. Free.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Story of the Hagstrom James L D'Aquisto Guitar by Ron Chapman.

My earlier meeting today with Ron Chapman produced this post that first appeared in "Just Jazz Guitar". Ron writes about his Hagstrom "Jimmy" guitars. It's a must for all guitar buffs. Click here. (Ignore the date on the link today's date is the correct one!) Lance. (There will be more from Ron later inc. a piece on Gary Potter.)


  1. Very interesting stuff. D'Aquisto with his then apprentice Roger Borys (now a revered luthier in his own right) developed a laminate archtop which Jim Hall adopted. I think there are only a handful in existence. Jim Hall used that D'Aquisto guitar exclusively for years. It has a gorgeous sound (a lot to do with JH though). The Gibson 175 is possibly the most used jazz guitar and it's a laminate top. In recent years other luthiers have developed boutique laminate instruments - Manzer, Sadowsky, Buscarino and others. There is a school of thought that a high end laminate top instrument gives a sweeter, more balanced tone and is more consistent, guitar to guitar, than carved top guitars which may have a bigger sound, more bass but sometimes more brittle high end and more inconsistency guitar to guitar.

  2. Roly is quite correct about the guitars that Jimmy D'Aquisto built, there must be at least fifty out there in the wide world somewhere. I mentioned in the Hagstrom article that he shipped fifty unfinished guitar bodies over to New York. Then fifty guitar necks intended for them were lost or stolen during the shipping. I have seen one of the guitars with the hagstrom body but with Jimmy D'Aquistos own manufactured neck. It was $30,000!!!


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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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