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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

George Melly: “I think all clubs are like old tarts, sad under full lighting.” – (Slowing Down, Penguin Books 2005).

Today Monday November 30

Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Pizza Express, Dean St., Newcastle NE1 1PG. 8pm. No cover charge.
Blue Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Boots Mussulli - unsung hero.

One of the less remembered altoists these days is Boots Mussulli who died in 1967 aged 50. Boots was, like those other great modern altos Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Lennie Niehaus, a product of the Kenton band. 
He left Kenton in 1949 after 5 years to join the legendary Charlie Ventura Bop for The People Septet
The sides with Kenton and Ventura are well known but recordings under his own name are not so familiar therefore it was a delight to come across some on YouTube - is there anything that isn't on YouTube?
Listen to Rubber Boots - nice agile alto playing. Check out Mutt and Jeff for some baritone (and alto) playing that proves Mulligan and Chaloff didn't have a monopoly on the larger horn.

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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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