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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Friday, May 20, 2011

R.I.P. Kathy Kirby

Not a jazz singer by the widest stretch of the imagination but Kathy Kirby was, nevertheless, one of those charismatic personalities that were around the scene in the 1960s. Plus her association with the Machiavellian Ambrose helped create an aura that interested those of us who viewed the era through our spare pair of non-jazz glasses whilst listening to Radio Caroline.
The girl could sing there was no doubt about that, I'm sure that, had she had the inclination or the opportunity to dip her er toes into the jazz stream after the glory days were over, and the tragedy of her existance unfolded, Kathy had enough real life material to sing the blues as heartfelt as any mama from downtown Kansas City.
There is something macabre and fascinating about our attraction to reading about falling stars - when I say "our" I don't, of course, mean "you and I" but "them".
So it's goodbye Kathy - I wasn't your 'Secret Love' (I remained true to Doris) but I liked you a lot.
Kathy Kirby died May 19, 2011 aged 72.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. I worked/backed Kathy way back at the Fiesta club at Norton - she was a nice lady, a really good singer, and a true professional.

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  2. The first TV show I ever did was with kathy.... a nice Lady.... Mal Maddock

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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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