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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Farewell to Herb Geller and Yusef Lateef but not to Horace Silver

Just caught up with the sad news that altoist Herb Geller died on December 19 and multi reedman Yusef Lateef died on December 23.
Herb Geller was one of my favourite alto players ever since I heard his version of Bess You is my Woman Now with Clifford Brown and others on an Emarcy Jam Session back in the 1950s. Another favourite was Hollywood Portraits in which he paints musical pictures of stars such as Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Lana Turner and others. Geller, who was 85, died in Hamburg. Sadly missed.
Obituary (includes lovely clip of Herb playing If I Were a Bell.).
Yusef Lateef was a more enigmatic player often striding an experimental path that incorporated eastern rhythms and modes - particularly on oboe. His pedigree is illustrious including time spent with Cannonball, Dizzy and innumerable sessions under his own name.
A reported influence on John Coltrane there were also traces of Lateef in some of Roland Kirk's work.
He was 93.
Lance.
As Mark Twain may or may not have famously said, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.".
And so it was with Horace Silver last week. Jazzwise posted the obituary and we believed it. It was later found to be incorrect and withdrawn.
According to one source, upon hearing the 'sad' news Terry Gibbs phoned up the Silver household to offer his condolences only to find the phone being answered by Horace Silver himself!
"Hey man you're supposed to be dead!"
"I ain't dead, I'm watching a DVD of Monk."
Thank you Simon Spillett for that gem.

1 comment :

  1. Oh, I was all made up that the Horace Silver story was a rumour but completely missed the news about these two greats RIP both

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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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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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