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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Saturday August 19

Radio
5pm Radio 3: Jazz Line-up. Live from George Heriot's School, Edinburgh. Includes Dime Notes; Gwyneth Herbert &Andy Sheppard/John Patticelli.
12 (midnight) Radio 3: Geoffrey Smith's Jazz. Mingus selection.
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Afternoon
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Evening
Lin Lee Wong (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Smokehouse Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sokool Band - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. Brenda Sokell w. quartet.
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Rendezvous Jazz - Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £12 (£10 - Friends of Durham Cathedral).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth

The death of Sir Bruce Forsyth, yesterday (August 18), at the age of 89 prompted me to recall that, among his many talents was that of jazz pianist which I think is sufficient for him to earn a mention here. Maybe Brucie wasn't in the Dudley Moore class but, nevertheless. he was a more than competent player as demonstrated in this YouTube clip.
Rest In Peace Sir Bruce, they don't make 'em like you anymore!
Obituary.
Lance.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Preview: Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017

(Preview by Russell)
One week today, at the start of the long August bank holiday weekend, the magnificent Ushaw estate will once again play host to the Ushaw Jazz Festival. Last year’s inaugural event proved beyond doubt that there is a demand for a major festival in County Durham. Jazz fans travelled from all four corners of Britain, with some making the journey from the European continent. This year’s programme is one of quality across three days – Friday 25-Sunday 27 August.
Director of Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017, Paul Edis, has assembled an array of talent beginning on Friday 25 with a performance by the Early Bird Band (6:00pm). In little more than two years, the development of this young ensemble of promising jazz musicians has been quite remarkable. To the credit of the individuals themselves one or two have already moved on to study at prestigious music schools, and this Ushaw appearance is your chance to check out the next generation.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CD (download) Review: GLOWROGUES - Live at Jazz Plus Presents

Sam Healey (alto); Aaron Dial (trumpet/electronics); Richard Forth (trombone); Ben Watte (keys); Dan Brew (guitar); Jamie Brewster (bass); Jim Molyneux (drums).
(Review by Lance).
After Chris Jones and Charles Price graduated from Durham University, the Uni Big band were left looking for, respectively, a replacement MD/trombonist and a trumpet player. The two musicians had helped the band to win a number of awards and, post graduation, they didn't intend to put music on the backburner as they made their way in the real world.
So they set up a record label - Jazz Plus Productions.
This, their first album [EP] is also the debut release of GLOWROGUES, a Manchester based group of [I quote] phenomenally talented musicians, bringing together jazz, hip hop and funk, with tight horns and serious grooves [end of quote].

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Make a Rendezvous at Durham Cathedral on Saturday night

The Friends of Durham Cathedral have asked me to promote to regular attendees of the Lit & Phil Lunchtime Jazz Concerts the following concert at the Cathedral next Saturday evening, which I am of course more than pleased to do. Details (and Paul Bream’s Jazz Alert write-up) below - and for all of us, whether North East residents or just citizens of the world, a very worthy cause. 
For those with long(er) memories, it is a welcome return - after Stan Tracey's Ellington Sacred Concerts in the nineties - of jazz and gospel to the Cathedral. It sounds like it will be a truly memorable evening. Please come and make it also a successful one for the Cathedral Friends.
Brian Ebbatson

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Key Moments 4

(By Russell).
The first four LPs borrowed from a local record lending library; Be Bop Preservation Society Be Bop Preservation Society (with colourful zoot suits on the LP cover), Billie Holiday Songs for Distingué Lovers, Miles Davis Bitches Brew (a starting point, working back over to the Birth of the Cool era), Quintette du Hot Club de France Swing ’35-’39.
Michael Parkinson’s late night chat show. Parky, a life-long jazz fan, had a front row seat as jazz greats performed a tune or two in the studio; Oscar, Ella, Joe Pass, Dudley Moore. Yes, little Dud, a seriously good pianist, Errol Garner a favourite. Errol who? Must check him out.

Book Review: Trevor Barre - Convergences, Divergences & Affinities (Compass Publishing 2017)

Not being over-familiar with the genre, free improvisation, it would be unfair of me to pass judgement on this well-written and equally well-researched historical treatise. Nevertheless, before moving on to the Press Release, I will make a few observations. Steve Beresford claims that Free Improv. is not jazz...some of it sounds like jazz but they're not playing it. This equates with what Charlie Parker said about Bebop, that it's not jazz. This has, forever, been the problem with any new art form and music in particular. The listener judges the 'new thing' using the values of its predecessor. Neither better nor worse, the key word is 'different'.

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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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