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Marian McPartland: "When the Basie band was at Birdland I lived there" - (Melody Maker January 3, 1953). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Robert Glasper: “I don’t understand how people can record standards, just play them in a standard fashion then expect people to get excited.” – (Jazzwise August 2015).

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Saturday August 29

Afternoon
Ruth Lambert/Andy Hawking - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ ?pm. Free.
Evening.
Steve Glendinning & Mark Williams - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
Pete Gilligan (Solo pno) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Havana Club 5 - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 9pm. Free.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

R.I.P. Pat Halcox


Trumpet player Pat Halcox died in the early hours of today. Best known for his association with Chris Barber - there 54 year long partnership was perhaps the longest in jazz history. I remember him from the band's early visits to Newcastle's City Hall to later appearances at The Sage. In between he  brought his All-Stars to the Corner House.
There was also the film, Look Back in Anger during which he very effectively ghosted Richsrd Burton's "trumpet playing".
Pat Halcox was 82.
Obituary
Lance.

7 comments :

  1. Yes, very sad. I know that Ron Bowden is still alive but Jim Bray passed away some years ago.
    Regarding Pat, he was a lovely, gentle, man who always made time to stop and chat. I remember he came up to Newcastle in the 1980's and guested for six nights with the River City. I found him a dream to play alongside,- he left spaces in all the right places and always concentrated on taste rather than showing us how many notes he could play. He really was a very good musician,- I know that people tend to associate the Chris Barber Band with Traditional Jazz only, but the fact is that from the 1960's onwards the band experimented with many different styles of music, including R&B, Gospel, compositions by Charles Mingus and Joe Harriet, and even forays into East European folk music, and Pat seemingly effortlessly mastered them all, playing either trumpet or flugel. I last saw Pat just a few days before he retired at the Alnwick Playhouse, - he was still playing well but told me that the extensive travelling was becoming a problem. He will be sadly missed by all his many friends.

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  2. Gordon - the six nights...were these at different venues across the north east?

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  3. I had a tape of Halcox with the River City which I foolishly loaned out and never got back.

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  4. I've got one somewhere Lance, would you like a copy?

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  5. If you can lay hands on it yes please. I'll email you my address and buy you a pint next time I see you.

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  6. OK Lance. I think the tape also has tracks with guests John Crocker and Mike Cotton.

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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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