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Bebop Spoken There

Bud Powell: "See this? [plays piano run] A'int no horn player in the world can outrun a piano player." (Album notes from 'The Complete Bud Powell on Verve').

Jan Garbarek: "He [Dexter Gordon] was like the King of Scandanavia" (Jazz Review May 2002).

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Today Friday June 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
James Birkett & Bradley Johnston - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Evening
Sue Richardson 'Too Cool' - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions ) JNE.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - Ushaw College, nr. Durham DH9 7HL 7:30pm. £7.
Hannah Taylor/Alix Shepherd - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Federation of the Disco Pimp w. Pee Wee Ellis - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £8.
Hapsburg Braganza; Paul Taylor; Zasso Fukei; Jewel - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5..
‘Frankly Sinatra’ Stephen Triffitt & orchestra - Empire Theatre & Cinema, Front Street, Consett. DH8 5AB. Tel: 01207 218171. 7:30pm. £20.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Long Goodbye Part One.




This was both a joyous day and a sad one. Joyous, because of the wonderful music played and the many who turned out to celebrate Keith's life and contribution to the city's culture. Sad, because of the realisation that we would never meet his like again.
2pm, they were queuing to get in. Long before the eventual finish some seven hours later the bar had been drunk dry. Fortunately, the music remained on tap until the final Blue Monk from the Safe Sextet (7 of them on this occasion).
There was so much good jazz played that it ill becomes me to name a favourite, suffice to say we all had our own particular fave and I doubt if we'd all agree anyway! However, having said that, Thanks must be paid to Pete Gilligan and Lindsay Hannon who put it all together and worked tirelessly throughout the day.
So, a great big thanks  to everyone who made a crowded room very happy and honoured the memory of a  unique person.
And, remember, this was just the first set. The second set takes place a week tomorrow (January 14) after the funeral, in The Town Wall pub opposite the Jazz Café.
The above photo was taken by Kaveh Emami and show some of the many musicians and bar staff who worked at the Jazz Café over the years.
Lance.
PS: January 14, the horse drawn hearse leaves the Jazz Café at 9:30am prompt for the 10am service at St Thomas's Church in the Haymarket. After a family burial where Keith is laid to rest next to his parents, the wake takes place in the Town Walls Pub, Pink Lane.

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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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