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Bebop Spoken There

“I win all the awards; others make all the money.”Buddy DeFranco (Down Beat February 10, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives: Greg Abate to Mike Zwerin.

Today Thursday April 24.

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE. 8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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VASILIS XENOPOULOS WIND MACHINE - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £8/£6.
An unmissable JNE promotion. Top tenor player "Vasy" with ace trumpet man Martin Shaw, Matt Home on drums and north east stars Edis and Champion. What is there not to like? I might just start camping out now!
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JAZZ WORKSHOP conducted by MATT ROBERTS - Forum, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 5.30pm. £6. 07538 772368.
An all age/ability opener to this year's Darlo Jazz Festival.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Jeff Aucott (keys); Richie Emmerson (ten); Kevin Eland (tpt); Mark (dms).
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JAZZ AT THE FIGHTING COCKS - Fighting Cocks, Middleton St. George, nr. Darlington. 8pm.
Noel Dennis (tpt); Mark Toomey (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter Ayton (bs); Paul Smith (dms). Looks good to me!
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, South Gosforth, 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

R.I.P. Stan Coates

(Obituary by Lance)
Just heard the sad news that saxophone player Stan Coates died on Monday evening.
Stan was a well respected sax player, arranger and educator. I recall him as Director of Music (or some similar title) for South Tyneside Council.
Although perhaps best known as a baritone sax player, when I first met him he was playing alto doubling violin at the New Crown Hotel in South Shields where he played on a Sunday evening with Eddie Tindle's Band. I was playing in one the hotel's lesser rooms but, during the break, he would come through (slumming) and we'd chat about mouthpieces and reeds - all those things that sax players talk about. Through this I got to know him quite well. Later, when I worked in a Newcastle music store (J.G.Windows) I had further dealings with him and always found him easy to get along with.
Although he played in many bands his most enduring association was with Ray Chester in whose band, for many years, he held down the baritone chair. Stan also had a fruitful association with George Evans when the former Geraldo tenor player returned to Newcastle.
In recent years Stan organised his own big band often making trips to London to acquire new arrangements. The loss of his wife Pat - was it last year? - saw his own health deteriorating and he spent his latter days in a nursing home.
A musician and a gentleman Stan Coates will be sadly missed.
Lance.
PS: There are many musicians out there who knew Stan better than I did who may like to contribute there own memories.
PPS: Here's the photo of Jos Q, with Harry Atkinson (t), Sid Warren, Stan, Ken Treacher (sax), Albert Hayward (b) and Dawson Hakin (d) - Carstairs.

6 comments :

  1. Very upset to hear about Stan. He was a thoroughly nice man with a wicked sense of humour. I worked with him many times over the years and enjoyed his wry comments. When a certain bandleader employed me,he proceeded to do all the singing himself and Stan said with a twinkle -- 'you realise you were paid £6 per song tonight'! He was meticulous in melody but had a bit of a problem if you improvised.He loved singers and the songs of the greats and was well up with new talent. When 'incidents' occurred Stan would lean forward from the far left of the sax section and look at me at the far right on the vocalist's chair with a raised eyebrow. It became difficult to sing when it was my 'turn'. He had a ladies garter around the bell of his baritone lol.
    How many more old friends are we going to lose?

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  2. I played my first ever "proper" gig for Eddie Tindle at the New Crown in 1969 or '70, depping for Stan, who was alternating as Eddie's sax player at that time with the late Tony Myers. Over the years I met him and saw him play in many different bands, and he was always unfailingly kind and helpful. An excellent and knowledgeable saxophonist, and a nice man who will be sorely missed.

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  3. I knew Stan for many years, particularly through his encyclopaedic knowledge of dance band music and musicians. He would love to identify musicians in my photograph collection and was highly amused when I found a picture of Jos Q Atkinson's band with him playing tenor ... it was one gig he couldn't remember!
    When I formed the Sweet And Hot Orchestra for National Music Day in 1993 he was very supportive. Some time later he passed over a big pile of what he termed "Mickey Mouse stuff" - 1930s to 1950s stock arrangements he had rescued from a number of bands. When I enlarged the band Stan played 4th ( which meant that he had to bring clarinet, alto, tenor and bari, plus flute on occasion ).

    Always available with advice, and the odd pithy comment, he brought his own high standards to the band and we enjoyed our forays into Dance Band history. Sadly we never got round to getting his memories and photographs on paper.

    The world of music is dimished by his passing.

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  4. One of South Shields finest teachers who was responsible for setting hundreds of Stanhope School pupils on the road to a successful career and life. He commanded absolute respect from his charges - he expected nothing but the highest of standards in everything, just as he himself, gave total commitment to his school. Oh how the kids and education today could do with a Stan Coates. An inspirational teacher of the highest order who will be forever remembered in the hearts of so many pupils who owe him so much. Never to be forgotten!

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  5. Just attended the funeral and celebration of the life of Stan Coates (Music Advisor) South Tyneside.
    One of "the old school" of class teaching and a firm believer that you would only get on in life if you worked hard.
    The amount of children he taught and influenced must be colossal....especially those who had a talent for music.He set up the two stage bands that were inaugurated from humble beginnings by the LEA in the mid 70's.
    Stan ran his own big band after retiring to keep his interest going... meeting each month in Meadowfield Social Club.
    A reunion and tribute concert is being planned for early next year(2013).....TBA....watch press for details

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  6. I have just heard of the death of Stan Coates. I was in his 4A class at Stanhope Road Juniors in 1968 and he was the best teacher I ever had, more than that he was a mentor and friend. We kept in touch all those years and my respect and admiration for him never diminished. I went to see him in hospital on 30th September and whilst he looked very frail, the voice, the mind and the sense of humour were very much still intact. A marvelous man and I will miss him terribly. RIP my friend; reunited with Pat.

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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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