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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

More Local Jazz History.

(By Robert "Archie" Forster).
I happened on your website while searching re the recent death of Joe Young, (a real gentleman), who I knew from the old days and played with a couple of times. It raised many memories for me of the Tyneside trad jazz scene of the 50's and later. I was at school with Peter Gascoigne and played piano in an early band featuring him and Ronnie Robinson (about 1952). Before long Peter G left to join Peter Deuchar's Vieux Carré Jazzmen group. Since Deuchar felt that "pure" New Orleans style was derived from marching bands, piano players were a non-requirement so I then joined Eric Miller's Castle Jazz Band in about 1953 , playing piano to support Eric (a fine trumpet/cornet player), Ronnie Robinson clarinet and John Wheatley (tuba) - We played a number of gigs at the Royal Arcade and elsewhere. (The style leaned in the direction of Louis Armstrong and King Oliver). After Ronnie Robinson left to join the Vieux Carre, the Castle Jazz band had difficulty fielding a full team (the VC/Ken Colyer style having more support).
In 1956 I left Newcastle to start work in the South, where I played with a mainstream quartet in pubs in Reading - thereafter in the 60's I worked in New Jersey , USA where musical standards were astronomically high and the only jazz was modern. (I haunted the clubs but knew I wasn't remotely up to the standard needed to play in public). Thereafter, I worked in Venezuela for some years and in my spare time played with a small Dixieland group mainly in a singles bar in Caracas. Now peacefully retired (living in Longframlington) I have many good recollections of 50's Newcastle and the jazz scene in general (and "The Golden Tiger" in particular).
Robert "Archie" Forster.
P.S. I hadn't spotted your website before and found many fragments of interest re the past Tyneside scene. Interesting things keep popping up which still surprise me about that era - e.g. I met Peter Deuchar again briefly in London in about 1964 and he mentioned that he had a new band (Big Pete Duker and his Professors of Ragtime) and have since realised that the guitar player in that band was John McLaughlin (top world class musician!!)

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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