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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Night Lights

Those of us who are 'of a certain age' will probably remember listening to AFN - the American Forces Network in Europe - also The Voice of America Jazz Hour. This latter program was introduced by Willis Conover who was as cool and laid back as the AFN DJs were brash and hip.
The VOA programmes were announced as being "in special English" in other words spoken slowly with not too many long or unusual words. This was because of it being, in effect, an American propaganda program aimed at those countries who hadn't taken Uncle Sam into their hearts the way we in England have/had.
Political argument aside, Conover did play some wonderful music. I recall hearing Basie's "Li'l Darlin'", Art Pepper's "Jazz Me Blues", Ellington's Newport version of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue", lot's of Brubeck and many more for the first time. Wonderful music and wonderful memories.
Which brings me to the point. An online program coming out of Indiana entitled "Night Lights" and hosted by David Brent Johnson has that same cool, laid back style about it. I've just listened to an hour of Sonny Clark reinforcing my belief that he should have been ranked amongst the forefront of modern pianists.
Check ithe station out for yourself http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/
Lance.
PS: Further to David B. Johnson's comment here is the link referred to for archived Conover program.

1 comment :

  1. Lance,
    Many, many thanks for the mention of Night Lights on your Bebop Spoken Here blog. Born too late (and too stateside) to have ever heard Conover in his prime, I'm nevertheless a huge fan and devoted a whole Night Lights program to him a couple of years ago; it includes excerpts from some broadcasts, an interview with his biographer, and some music associated with him (thanks to the jazz critic Doug Ramsey, who's been a tireless champion of Willis, I was even able to track down a copy of the 45 that he recorded with guitarist Charlie Byrd!). The program is archived for online listening here:

    http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/conovers-comin-over-willis-conover-and-jazz-at-the-voice-of-america/

    Much appreciation,

    David

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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.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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