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Bebop Spoken There

Ruby Braff: "When you say musicians, what do you mean? People that can play their horn well, or people that make music?" - (Crescendo June 1975).


Colin Towns: “I learned what I could but I was tipped out of school at 15 and you went from pub to pub learning what you could. Or going through the racks at Dobell’s or Ray’s.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).


Today Sunday October 4

James Harrison - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm.
Alan Law - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Smokin' Spitfires - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 12:30pm. £6.50. Bubble Foundation fundraiser.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Toby Delius Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE gig.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub & Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stan Tracey Orchestra @ York Minster. Wednesday March 21

Stan Tracey Orchestra: Clark Tracey (conductor), Stan Tracey (piano), Andy Cleyndert (double bass), Mike Smith (drums), Guy Barker, Mark Armstrong, Tom Walsh, Bruce Adams (trumpets), Mark Nightingale, Alistair White, Pete North (trombones), Jay Craig, Simon Allen, Alan Barnes, Sam Mayne, Mornington Lockett (reeds), Norma Winstone & Niall Hoskin (vocals) & Junior Laniyan (tap dancer) + Paul Miles-Kingston (Director of Music St. Peter’s School), St. Peter’s School Choir & St. Peter’s Choral Society
Duke Ellington’s sacred music has been performed on but a handful of occasions over the last twenty five years. It is a big undertaking – logistically and financially – and it requires a big space for the music to be heard at its best. The imposing grandeur of York Minster on a warm spring evening offered the perfect setting for the Stan Tracey Orchestra with choir and chorus to play to a congregation of some 1500 people. The Ellington Orchestra’s First Sacred Concert performance featured Cootie Williams and Cat Anderson in the trumpet section, Lawrence Brown (trombone) and a half-decent saxophone section of Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope and Harry Carney. York Minster 2012 featured the very best musicians from the UK jazz world: A-list trumpeters Guy Barker and Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale (trombone) and the reeds of Jay Craig, Simon Allen (a sensation at the Sage Gateshead in December with Stan Tracey), the ubiquitous Alan Barnes, Sam Mayne and Mornington Lockett guaranteed a memorable occasion. The rhythm section of Mike Smith (drums) and bassist Andy Cleyndert working alongside the man himself – Stan Tracey – ensured it swung all night long. Opera singer Niall Hoskin shared vocal duties with the magnificent Norma Winstone (Come Sunday a highlight among highlights). During communion Stan Tracey played a Meditation of infinite variations and the service concluded with Junior Laniyan tap dancing up the nave (a thousand camera flashes!). A triumph!


  1. Thanks Russell - in the words of another Ellington composition I've got the Blues To Be There.

  2. yes thanks from me too, so sorry I couldn't make it

  3. Dave Parker (on Facebook).Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:14:00 p.m.

    I went to the Stan Tracey orchestra performance of Ellington's sacred music at Durham Cathedral many years ago. It was one of the most memorable and moving musical experiences of my life.

  4. We had a wonderful evening, and the orchestra were extremely complimentary about our choir (they say it was as good as any they have ever worked with and they would consider returning to work with us again, so we’re quite chuffed about that! There were about 250 in the choir and they made a magnificent noise alongside the band).
    Mrs Joanna Appleby
    Music Department Secretary
    St Peter's School, York YO30 6AB


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