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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 02, 2013

RIP Sheila Giles

It is with much sadness that I have to announce the death earlier today of former north east jazz singer Sheila Giles. Sheila was a regular performer on the Newcastle scene for many years in the 1950s and '60s and the Sheila Giles Band was well known on the north-east jazz club circuit. Her voice, very much Bessie Smith orientated, had a rich timbre that could fill a room with or without a microphone and was often compared with Ottilie Patterson.
Prior to becoming established in the jazz world Sheila sang with dance bands such as that of Johnny Openshaw at the Hedworth Hall South Shields.
In recent years she lived down south in the London borough of Ealing where she died in Hanwell House Care Home.
Sheila Giles was thought to be in her early eighties.
In her last hours it is reported staff played jazz records for her right to the end which is how she'd have wanted to go.
Sheila, I'll propose a toast to you tonight with a (virtual) Pigfoot and a (actual) Bottle of Beer.
Rest in Peace.
More photos.
Lance.
PS: I'm not certain of the source of the photo - it may have been John Taylor but it is accompanied by an, in retrospect, emotive message from David Hinge Sheila's ex husband. It was posted last year. 
I'd appreciate it if anyone with photos of Sheila could scan them to me for inclusion in this small tribute.

6 comments :

  1. Sorry to hear that, Lance. I did lots of gigs with Sheila in the early 1970's, at Bamburgh's Music Hall, the Redhills in Durham with the Savoy Jazzmen (still got some rather grainy photos from 1974 of her singing with the band), and other places in the Newcastle area. She was great fun, and loved to sing slightly risqué songs such as "Ford Engine Movements in My Hips" and "She Had to Go and Lose It At The Astor". I, too, shall raise a glass to her!

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  2. Sad news. I well remember hearing Sheila singing at jazz clubs when I first got interested in the music. Later when I started playing I got to know her. She was a charismatic performer with a commanding presence and her great love of the music shone through. As has been said already she was very much in the Bessie Smith style. I've good memories of those days.
    Roly

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  3. Sheila and I were very close friends for more years than I care to remember. I have many happy memories of concerts and gigs as Sheila sang with local bands, as well as having her own band for a few years. In 1982 Sheila relocated to London where she gave several concerts. Her pianist at that time was the late Mick Pyne. Although during the last four years Sheila's health had deteriorated, we still managed to speak to each other regularly. I will miss her very much but I am so thankful our paths crossed all those years ago. RIP Sheila.

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  4. I met Sheila in approx 1988 in London. We were attending a performing arts course in Westbourne Grove/ Ladbroke Grove. She had suffered damage to her nevk and vocal cords and was retraining her voice. One night in a pub where there was a live jazz group playing she got up and sang " Mad about the boy ""
    It blew us off our seats. I remained friends with Sheila for a couple of years and then I immigrated. I often wondered about her and tonight I heard a jazz song that made me think of her so I googled her and found this news of her passing. Sad to hear it. A tiny lady with a massive voice. RIP.

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    1. Do you have any recordings of Sheila singing? She was my great Aunty who I only met when I was very young and I would love to learn more about her.

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  5. Helen Hayden. Can you contact me regarding Sheila as I may have some information for you.

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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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