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Bebop Spoken There

June Christy: "We used to say that if Stan [Kenton] had wanted to become President, nobody else would have stood a chance. ''- (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).


Eddie Condon: "Every Kenton record sounds to me as though Stan signed up 300 men for the date and they were all on time." - (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).



Today Friday October 28

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Emma Fisk/James Birkett Duo - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., /Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea – Ushaw College, Nr. Durham DH7 9RH. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
Ruth Lambert/Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Story of the Hagstrom James L D'Aquisto Guitar by Ron Chapman.

My earlier meeting today with Ron Chapman produced this post that first appeared in "Just Jazz Guitar". Ron writes about his Hagstrom "Jimmy" guitars. It's a must for all guitar buffs. Click here. (Ignore the date on the link today's date is the correct one!) Lance. (There will be more from Ron later inc. a piece on Gary Potter.)


  1. Very interesting stuff. D'Aquisto with his then apprentice Roger Borys (now a revered luthier in his own right) developed a laminate archtop which Jim Hall adopted. I think there are only a handful in existence. Jim Hall used that D'Aquisto guitar exclusively for years. It has a gorgeous sound (a lot to do with JH though). The Gibson 175 is possibly the most used jazz guitar and it's a laminate top. In recent years other luthiers have developed boutique laminate instruments - Manzer, Sadowsky, Buscarino and others. There is a school of thought that a high end laminate top instrument gives a sweeter, more balanced tone and is more consistent, guitar to guitar, than carved top guitars which may have a bigger sound, more bass but sometimes more brittle high end and more inconsistency guitar to guitar.

  2. Roly is quite correct about the guitars that Jimmy D'Aquisto built, there must be at least fifty out there in the wide world somewhere. I mentioned in the Hagstrom article that he shipped fifty unfinished guitar bodies over to New York. Then fifty guitar necks intended for them were lost or stolen during the shipping. I have seen one of the guitars with the hagstrom body but with Jimmy D'Aquistos own manufactured neck. It was $30,000!!!


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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.)
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