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Old Jul 18, 2010, 08:52 PM
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South African Birthdays

I never realized that Dudu Pukwana and Nelson Mandela shared a birthday (July 18th exactly 20 years apart 1918 and 1938) and some brotherhood; wonderful (but poignant) memories from Bra Louis and Barbara Pukwana:



And one of Dudu's great compositions; one of my Vancouver Jazz Festival 25-year highlights was hearing the Dedication Orchestra perform this at the Cultch, pure heaven:



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Old Jul 20, 2010, 11:17 AM
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I had some fun times hanging with Dudu.
Everyone learned a lot from him.

Curiously, though, hearing the Dedication Orchestra perform at the Culch was one of my greatest disappointments.

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Old Jul 20, 2010, 12:59 PM
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John, great to see you the other night!

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I had some fun times hanging with Dudu.
Everyone learned a lot from him.

Curiously, though, hearing the Dedication Orchestra perform at the Cultch was one of my greatest disappointments.

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It may have been a pale comparison to the original Brotherhood but the Cultch performance was spot on and the acoustics did convey some of the power of the (what I've imagined for the) original. I was disappointed with the performance the next night opening for Ladysmith, I thought that the sound was completely lost in the Centre and couldn't build any pressure at all - threw the ensemble off too. Warts and all, it was still a rare opportunity to hear some of those charts live (and with a few of the original players) which certainly doesn't happen often enough ... N

(Maybe that would be a nice project for the Hard Rubber Orchestra? Hazel Miller has the charts, John?)

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(and with a few of the original players) which certainly doesn't happen often enough ... N
Well, every time I turn around there are even fewer.
Harry Beckett took off earlier today.
His was a great warm soul.
Boy, I shall miss him.

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Old Jul 22, 2010, 07:40 PM
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Harry Beckett RIP

That's very sad, I was thinking about him specifically when I was remembering the dedication orchestra and what a rare treat it was to hear him in Vancouver .... N
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 11:26 AM
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That's very sad, I was thinking about him specifically when I was remembering the dedication orchestra and what a rare treat it was to hear him in Vancouver .... N
That's a very sweet thing to hear and know about.

There seems to be no YouTubery which presents what I feel is a proper and adequate picture of Harry. Instead, ss a personal alternative, I've just been playing tracks from "This Is Rude" which involves him with trombonist Annie Whitehead, Jennifer Maidman on bass and knob twiddling, and Liam Genockey on drums.

I am sure you'd like it.

And you're right, it was a rare treat to have him in town.

But it was part of my great disappointment that he was so poorly served by the predictably inept sound at the Culch concert - alright, so perhaps he shouldn't have been leaning over to blow his solo into Dave Powell's tuba mic - but the engineer should definitely have been awake to the mistake and acted.

Harry, of course, just shrugged it off. Nothing at all was ever any trouble to him.

(Both Harry and Henry Lowther were regular subs in the Loose Tubes section, and it was another part of my disappointment that Henry was given no space at all at the Culch gig. But then neither was Fayaz Virji.)

Still, it was the last time I got a hug from Harry.

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John Fordham appreciation:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010...ckett-obituary


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RIP Martin Drew

I'm on the road but just heard about drummer Martin Drew, bad year for British Jazz .. N
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Thanks for the sad news.

Just read someone refer to Martin as the most famous waistline in British jazz.

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