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Bebop Spoken There

Billie Holiday: “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.– (Down Beat November 1, 1939).

Bunny Berigan: “We know that there are plenty of swing fans in the country wanting it--and we propose to give it [swing] to them.– (Down Beat May, 1938).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Thursday February 11

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Mark Toomey (alto) Jeff Aucott (keys); Gus Smith (vcl); Kevin Eland (tpt) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free. 9pm.
Havana Style Cuban Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free - come along and shake your maracas!

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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