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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Death of an Icon - RIP Marian McPartland OBE.

We knew it had to come but even so we weren't prepared for it. I refer to the death, announced yesterday (August 20),.of British expat pianist Marian McPartland, perhaps our greatest jazz export.
Marian was more than just a pianist, albeit a very good one who was never static but always willing to absorb new ideas providing they were harmonically sound. She was also a legend in your own living room via her radio series Piano Jazz. Over a period of 30 years she interviewed just about every jazz pianist of note as well as other instrumentalists and singers. Inevitably she would play a duet with her guest which led to the title of Paul De Barros' superb biography Shall We Play That One Together. An earlier book, by McPartland herself, was also appropriately titled - All In Good Time for, whether playing or interviewing her timing was perfect.
The trio she led at New York's Hickory House with Joe Morello and Bill Crow was arguably the best combo to play that venue. Ironically only yesterday a Piano Jazz interview with Cedar Walton was posted on Facebook as a tribute to the pianist who'd died the day previous.
I am genuinely saddened at the loss of this remarkable woman even though I only heard her live on one occasion - the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1985 - her playing and her personality have left a lasting impression on myself and many many others throughout the world.
Marian McPartland OBE died on August 20 aged 95.
Sadly missed.
Lance.
PS: Wynton Marsalis sums her up beautifully on F/b.
Marian McPartland was a tireless champion for our music -- living proof and the embodiment of Jazz as an international language. A lover of people and an astounding variety of musicians, she was capable of playing in almost every style of Jazz with wit, sophistication and insight. When I was a sophomore in high school, she gave a master class at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later invited us to play a gig with her and was gracious and encouraging. Students all over the world have the same story, I'm sure. She will be missed, but the blessing she put on all of us will resonate.
Wynton

4 comments :

  1. Sorry to here about the death of another Jazz legend.Also with the passing of George Duke and Cedar Walton I just relized that all three were pianist. So I can see the three of them Jammin!! in heaven

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  2. Just played some solo tracks Marian recorded live at Lincoln Center - What's Your Story Morning Glory? I'm a grown man - I shouldn't be crying. But I'm not ashamed. I've lost a wonderful pianist and my favourite facebook friend!

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  3. Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b)Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:48:00 pm

    Great lady, beautiful player!

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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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