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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, May 13, 2012

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra celebrates a Jazz Titan - with special guest, Randy Brecker on trumpet

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra follows its highly successful and critically acclaimed celebration of jazz-rock pioneers Weather Report’s music with a four date Scottish tour in May paying tribute to the late, hugely influential saxophonist Michael Brecker, featuring Brecker’s trumpet-playing brother, Randy, as guest soloist. As well as featuring on innumerable pop and rock recordings by artists including Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Dire Straits, Michael Brecker, who died aged fifty-seven in 2007, was revered in jazz circles for his  deeply resourceful improvising and a distinctive tenor saxophone tone that made him the most imitated saxophonist of the past twenty-five years.
Throughout a jazz career during which he played with jazz legends Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus and Chick Corea in addition to fronting the Brecker Brothers with Randy, Steps Ahead and his own groups, Brecker was also a composer of conspicuous talent and the SNJO programme will draw widely from his repertoire, spanning early funk hits from the Brecker Brothers’ 1970s heyday through to orchestral pieces from his 2003 album Wide Angles.
The older brother by four years, Randy Brecker has a similarly illustrious CV, having played with Blood Sweat & Tears, Horace Silver and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra before co-forming the popular Brecker Brothers with Michael and going on to record acclaimed albums under his own name and contributing to recordings by Lou Reed, Frank Zappa and Bruce Springsteen, among many others.
SNJO director, Tommy Smith, said: “Michael Brecker was an incredibly talented musician and he remains an inspiration to thousands of jazz players all over the world, and we’re proud to have his brother, Randy, who is one of the world’s greatest trumpeters, joining SNJO to pay tribute to one of the real titans of jazz’s modern age.”
Tour details: MAY 2012
FRI 25 EDINBURGH: QUEEN’S HALL 0131 668 2019
All concerts start at 7.30pm and have a pre-concert talk at 6.45.

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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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