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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Identity Crisis


At last night's gig at the Prohibition Bar, a lady was enquiring about the late Charlie Lovell whose alto playing enlivened the scene in the pre-millennium years. I'm not sure, but Charlie may have been the alto player on this photo from the Wheatsheaf in New York (North Tyneside version). Can anyone verify and, if you know the lady, pass the info onto her. Others in the photo are; Eric Gamblin (guitar); Charlie Carmichael, Leo Harwood (tenors) and, on trombone and clarinet?...
Lance.

11 comments :

  1. Couldn't agree more Dave. Apart from being a very good friend, the late Charlie could blow just about anybody off the stage in a 33 bar chorus. Tommy Moran could do it in 32 but, as Charlie used to say, "Who's counting? and when Charlie was in full flight a lot of sax/clarinet/flute players took to the hills!

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    1. I also recall Brian Fisher saying that Charlie was the only guy in the north east who could play bebop clarinet - it should have been inscribed on his gravestone.

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  2. The clarinet player (if that's the correct description) is Monroe Sutherland, noted for not being a very good player. He had a "feud" with another famously poor clarinet player and regular at the Wheatsheaf, Russ Miller. Russ once asked Monroe if it was true that he was giving up playing. Monroe, nettled, said no, absolutely not! Russ, apparently much relieved, replied: "Thank God, otherwise I'd be the worst f***ing clarinet-player in the North East!"

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  3. Ah yes Monroe Sutherland! Mention of Russ Miller reminds me of when we were flying back from the Breda Jazz Festival. I was sitting next to Russ and, across the aisle was a German chap. Russ said to him, "We've been to the Breda Jazz Festival."
    A Teutonic grunt.
    "Heard some really good bands."
    Another grunt.
    "I suppose, being German you're more of a one for classical music - Beethoven and all that."
    He gave Russ a steely glare that Heinrich Himmler would have been proud of.
    "I do not like any music!"
    Russ turned to me and said, "Friendly sort of chap!"
    Russ had a baritone sax that had once belonged to George Melachrino, of Geraldo fame, which he actually sold to Charlie Carmichael who in turn sold it to a lad who worked next to me in J.G. Windows. He eventually sold it in Amsterdam. I wonder where it is now?


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  4. I'm fairly sure it's Charlie [Lovell], Lance. The haircut and especially that shoulder (it seemed to help him solo, though he must have had permanent neck ache!) are exactly how I remember him from the 80s.

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  5. The picture is not The Wheatsheaf it is The Porthole, North Shields.
    The trombone player is Lenny Sampson. Cannot identify the alto sax..

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  6. Blimey..George Melachrino, haven't heard that name for decades!Didn't he have his own band at one time?

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  7. The Melachrino Strings were regular broadcasters on the BBC back in the '50s.

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  8. It was myself who was enquiring about Charlie Lovell. And he definitely is not late. Alive and well and a splendid 91 years of age. I met him again today, and his lovely wife, Olive.

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  9. Good news indeed. Pass on my regards. He won't remember me by name but he might recall me as one of the guys who sold him reeds in Windows Music Shop way back when...

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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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