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Bebop Spoken There

Tex Beneke: "I give myself 5 more years then I'll retire and go into another business. I want a house...a home. For kicks, on Saturdays, I may visit the local pub and jam with the boys." - (Down Beat March 25, 1949).

Charles Tolliver, aged 74: “I never wanted to be any older than 22 and I can tell you it’s just not going to happen.” (Jazz Journal October 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Wednesday October 1

Afternoon
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz. Raffles and a jolly afternoon.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES - Porthole, North Shields' Ferry Landing. 1pm. Free.
Laurie Brown is now on tenor and clarinet with Peter Ninnim taking over the drum chair.
Ferry from South Shields quarter to and quarter past. On the hour and half hour coming back.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Sitters in welcome.
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BUSKERS NIGHT HOSTED BY RUTH LAMBERT - The Avalon, 26 South Parade, Whitley Bay. 9pm. Free.
All welcome. Keyboards, free buffet, drinks tokens for performers, real ale, real music.
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LEVEE RAMBLERS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
New Orleans style with guest trumpet player JOHN LAWRENCE.
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JAZZ AT THE BAY- Cleveland Bay pub, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE 01642 780275. 9pm.
The Teesside Hot Club swinging at the Bay tonight it's with guest guitar Brian Dales.
Fortnightly - Tonight's the night!
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - Elephant, Newbiggin Rd., Ashington. 8pm. £5.
Monthly - Tonight's the night - and what a night it promises to be!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Erin Dickins Interviewed - A Bebop Spoken Here Exclusive!


1: Great album and such a great mix of tunes - standards like Can’t We Be Friends - how did you know that is my favourite song! Who shared the vocal?
Songs come from all kinds of sources…..I just adore that song! I was doing a regular gig at a fantastic little Italian restaurant called Scossa, in my hometown. A member of the staff, my friend Greg Rohman, had a jazz mix up while we were loading in one night. I told him how much I liked his taste and he burned me a disc of that mix. Well, I first heard this song (done by Ella and Louis Armstrong) while I was in the car and I had to pull over. It just knocked me out!
From the first listen, I knew exactly whom I wanted for the duet – my producer, Jesse Frederick. Jesse and I have been great friends and singing partners for many years and we are totally inside each other’s heads. I knew the key would be perfect for him, so I took a big leap of faith and tracked it.  He kept saying, “No, you should get a well-known jazz-er to do it.”  So, I actually talked to Jon Hendricks about the solo. But before I took it to him up to New York, Jesse recorded a reference vocal of the male part so Jon could hear the duet. It was perfection. Jon loved the recording, but was doing some touring at the time, so we couldn’t get him in the studio soon enough to lay the vocal.  I was secretly glad, because I really, really wanted Jesse to sing it!  And guess what? Jesse’s original reference vocal, which he sang in one take, is the final that you hear on the CD. He is an absolutely amazing singer, and I am a very happy artist!! I would LOVE to have Jon on something soon, and I’ll work on that!
 2: Can I be honest and say I don’t recall you with Man Tran? I remember Janet and Laurel so maybe you were there before them? If that was the case, going by your photo today you must have been 6 years old!
Totally! I was young enough that my mother had to sign my deal with Capitol Records!!! I was a founder of the original group with Timmy, Pat Rosalia, and Marty Nelson. Laurel and I used to do a lot of studio work together back then and Janis and I were friends, but didn’t work too much together. They started in maybe 1973 I am thinking? I attribute all my years of clean living for my youthful looks and my great memory! LOL!
3: When you left MT did you pursue a solo career immediately or was it for family reasons (I know I could check all this out but nice to have it from you.)
No, I actually got into doing studio work. New York was the heart of the recording industry and there were amazing projects going on. I recorded with Jaco Pastorius, The Talking Heads, Yoko Ono, Leonard Cohen, Gregg Allman, Roberta Flack, and many, many others.
4: Do you work with a regular band or various musicians according to the gig?
All of the above.  In a perfect world, I’d like to have the same cats play all my gigs, but that only happens when touring. I play a lot with just solo piano - with an amazing musician named Stef Scaggiari. My favorite configuration is rhythm, three horns, accordion, synth for color and a couple of singers.
5: The band on the CD is just perfect and the songs - woo-hoo! Love the title track!  Who wrote that one?
The band on the CD is astounding. My feet never touched the ground during those tracking sessions! Rob Mounsey is singularly the most tuned-in pianist I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!! His feels and melodic sense are impeccable. David Finck, Francois Moutin and Ray Marchica were just over the top, too. Totally delicious.
Bobby Troup wrote the title tune, Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast, for his wife, Julie London, with co-writer Jerome Leshay. I can just picture her singing it. I love that sultry, velvet-y melody. And I love tunes with a hook and a little humor. Yep, great tune.
6.Did you have a particular artist who inspired you to go in the direction you have taken?
All of them!  It’s not so much an artist as the music itself that is my muse. When I hear a great melody or an amazing groove, I am hooked. Music owns me and I find it irresistible. It just fills every cell of my being with joy!
7: Do want to just add a few things here that may interest lovers of your/our kind of music in the UK?
Oh, gee. Well, I am into a ton of things. I adore animals and would have a hundred if I could! I love to cook and travel. And tennis….love to play  tennis. And I love writing. Writing is a very cool way to find out about yourself. Sometimes the things that come out of my mind are a total surprise to me! I spent much of my youth with horses - riding and hunting and showing. It taught me responsibility, forgiveness and compassion. I am a student of A Course in Miracles and I think that my life is filled with miracles everyday.
8: If you do come to Europe/UK let me know - I’ll be first in line!
Sign me up! I am looking for an agent in the UK and Europe? Any ideas?
Lance, is there a chance that you might review the CD on your site? Thank you so much for all the help and support you give to indie jazz artists, and for your very kind words to me! Hope to meet you in person very soon!
Peace and Pearls,
Erin
May 2011.
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. another example of your encyclopedic music memory and interviewing skills..well done Lance, you bring your subjects to us in many ways, and none better than this.
    Liz

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  2. Never mind my "interviewing skills" the main person here is Erin who I think is a really fine singer and who deserves wider recognition.
    But thanks anyway Liz - I'm flattered.

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  3. to be honest Lance, I wasn't familiar with her singing. However I am familiar with your sterling work on this site, hence my praise for you rather than the lady. I shall now make a point of listening to Erin as you are seldom wrong in your judgement!
    Liz

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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.)
PS:I don't care what your political views are - you can love or hate Cameron, Clegg, Milliband, Farage, Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar - just don't air them here!
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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