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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 Thursday October 27.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Gerry Richardson Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Don Forbes Sextet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (ten); Kevin Eland (tpt); Ted Pearce (keys)P; Mark Hawkins (dms). - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth. 7pm (ish). Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

R.I.P. Pat Halcox

Trumpet player Pat Halcox died in the early hours of today. Best known for his association with Chris Barber - there 54 year long partnership was perhaps the longest in jazz history. I remember him from the band's early visits to Newcastle's City Hall to later appearances at The Sage. In between he  brought his All-Stars to the Corner House.
There was also the film, Look Back in Anger during which he very effectively ghosted Richsrd Burton's "trumpet playing".
Pat Halcox was 82.


  1. Yes, very sad. I know that Ron Bowden is still alive but Jim Bray passed away some years ago.
    Regarding Pat, he was a lovely, gentle, man who always made time to stop and chat. I remember he came up to Newcastle in the 1980's and guested for six nights with the River City. I found him a dream to play alongside,- he left spaces in all the right places and always concentrated on taste rather than showing us how many notes he could play. He really was a very good musician,- I know that people tend to associate the Chris Barber Band with Traditional Jazz only, but the fact is that from the 1960's onwards the band experimented with many different styles of music, including R&B, Gospel, compositions by Charles Mingus and Joe Harriet, and even forays into East European folk music, and Pat seemingly effortlessly mastered them all, playing either trumpet or flugel. I last saw Pat just a few days before he retired at the Alnwick Playhouse, - he was still playing well but told me that the extensive travelling was becoming a problem. He will be sadly missed by all his many friends.

  2. Gordon - the six nights...were these at different venues across the north east?

  3. I had a tape of Halcox with the River City which I foolishly loaned out and never got back.

  4. I've got one somewhere Lance, would you like a copy?

  5. If you can lay hands on it yes please. I'll email you my address and buy you a pint next time I see you.

  6. OK Lance. I think the tape also has tracks with guests John Crocker and Mike Cotton.


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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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