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Bebop Spoken There

Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Monday October 24

Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Johnny Heenan Band in Amsterdam

Ray Harley has kindly sent me some photos of the Johnny Heenan Band in Amsterdam taken at a wedding at the Amsterdam Hylton back in the 1980s. Line-up: Ray Harley, Gordon Marshall (tpt), Don Fairley (tmb), Norman Barkus, Arthur Mowatt, Syd Warren, Stan Coates (saxes), George ? (pno), Brian? (bs), Ollie Rillands (dms), Kay Rouselle, Johnny Heenan (vcl).
Those guys on the loose in Amsterdam?! Click here to view. Lance.


  1. Lance please forgive me if I'm wrong...but a couple of the pics you have Billy Harpers name on, to me appear to be to be of Art?

  2. Well spotted Firewoman - thanks for pointing out the error of my ways. I have corrected the items. If I'd checked the names properly I'd have realised that Bill wasn't even there!

  3. Wow, I was taught by Arthur Mowatt & spent many an occasion playing in the local tyneside wind band with himself & most of the others featured in these photos. I'd love to know whether my favourite teacher is still alive...

  4. Sadly, Arthur passed away a few years ago - can't remember the exact year. Perhaps someone will be able to help.


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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.)
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