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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Peter Volpe on Peter Fielding.

I've just been checking out your site and was fascinated to see the poster (supplied by Colin Aitchison) and thread on my grandfather Peter Fielding and his band. Link to previous post. I don't have too many direct memories of him other than at Christmas times as he was working away from Newcastle by the time I was born but I do remember regularly receiving birthday cards from exotic places when he was the bandleader on the Canberra and the QE2.
Over the years many people have spoken to me of his days at the Oxford Galleries however, invariably with warmth and nostalgia. These evocations have not been confined to the north-east; in my student days I met a saxophonist in a pub in Richmond (Surrey) who had played in his band for twenty years and knew my grandmother and all her six children, including my father, Tony. On my way to a Latin gig in Paris one evening I also heard a fascinating radio 4 interview  with the trail-blazing female saxophonist Kathy Stobart who related that during the war Peter Fielding gave her her first real gig - at the Oxford.
My father played the piano well in his youth, though he never worked with my grandfather. My uncle Peter played the trombone in the band. After suffering a heart attack he moved onto Bass and Piano. He produced the St. Jacome Trumpet method from my grandmother's kitchen cupboard and gave it to me when I took up the trumpet. I still have it in my work studio downstairs. Mike, another uncle, was a drummer and continued leading a band in the north east under his own name (Mike Fielding). I did a couple of deps in his band round the time I played in the Newcastle Big Band. You may well have come across him yourself at some time.
My grandmother Cath was a dancer in her young days and met my grandfather when he was the MD on a review in which she worked. I met my own wife when she was a dancer and singer in a show I worked on here in France. Who says history never repeats itself?!
Keep up the good work on the web site.
Peter Volpe. (Ed. photo of Peter Volpe taken from Peter's MySpace site.)
P.S. When you worked in Windows you were responsible for the choice of the first Jazz album I ever bought. It was a Lee Morgan record with Art Blakey. The second one you advised me to buy was by Clifford Brown.
Good choices!
Thanks.

3 comments :

  1. I worked with Mike Fielding when I first started playing..... A great drummer & a gentleman..... I learned so much from him !

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  2. Pleased you took my advice Peter - it soon showed in your playing!
    I sold Sting bass strings, Paul Booth his first tenor and banjo strings to Brian Bennett.
    Oh and Malcolm, I recall when you used to come into the shop with your dad and kick seven shades out of, was it a Lowery, or a Rhodes or a Roland? can't remember but you must have been all of 14 going on 40!
    Perhaps I should be nicknamed "The Kingmaker"!

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  3. I'm sure my pianist friend Eddie Farrow worked for Peter Fielding in the early days at the Oxford Galleries.

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

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