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Louis Stewart: In a homily to his father at his funeral in Dublin on 23 August 2016, his son Tony recalled that when he asked his father whether he wanted to be buried or cremated, Louis replied, "surprise me". (From Brendan Frawley).

Clint Eastwood: "Any friend of jazz is a friend of mine!" - (Down Beat January 1998).

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Today Tuesday August 30

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Non-Electric Band - Tynemouth Station. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

RIP Bill Shaw.


Received the devastating news that my dear friend, drummer, artist, cartoonist Bill Shaw (pictured on the left of the photo with myself) died last night after a heart attack.

I played in many small bands with him in clubs, pubs and dances. Bill also played in Newcastle Big Band, The River City Jazzmen and, in recent years, frequently depped with the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.
A fine drummer and an equally good cartoonist who's work often appeared in the Daily Mirror back in the days when the Mirror had a full page of cartoons. Bill also had a cartoon strip entitled 'The Club' that ran for a while in the Evening Chronicle, and, of course, his humour frequently turned up on Bebop Spoken Here as witnessed below.
He was really a very special friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Condolences and deepest sympathy to his wife Mary and his two daughters Lynn and Maxine.
Rest In Peace dear friend.
Funeral details later.
Lance.
PS: He was also my second cousin.

Tall Ships Day 4 - August 29


Who better to send off the tall ships than the Tenth Avenue Band. World Music celebrating a World Event!!
Let’s congratulate the band members for a sterling job:-
http://www.tenthavenueband.co.uk/rogues-gallery.html.Great to see such an eclectic mix of entertainment over the past four days and hope it comes along again in the future. 
JT.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Tall Ships Day 3

I think it may be four or more decades since I first heard the Mississippi Dreamboats when they had a residency in Tynemouth. I was sorry to see them give up their regular gig at The Bell and Bucket in North Sheilds a little while ago.  It was pleasing  to find them playing better than ever in Blyth today. Could not stop long as parking was difficult. 
Another guy taking snaps was non-other than Cliff Soden, bass player and professional photographer. Oliver Soden's son Cliff is back living in Blyth and  was at the gig on his cycle. A man in the style of Lance!! 
Cliff gave me a copy of the last CD he made when he lived in Germany:-
Review later and hopefully some pro pics from Cliff
JT.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

CD Review: Philip Clemo – Dream Maps - “To sleep perchance to dream”

(Review by Steve H)).
Maybe not jazz as you know it, but nevertheless, a marvellously original piece of work transcending genres from Pink Floyd to Steve Reich.  Aided by contributions from 21 musicians, Clemo is featured on voice, guitars, keyboards, electronics, treatments (?) and location sound recordings.
The opening Liberation is a dreamlike multi-layered ambient soundscape setting the tone for the rest of the album. 
Shadow Seas, a more sombre rhythmic affair, lifted with very effective background vocals. 

Tall Ships Day Two

It's the first time I've heard the Tyne Valley Big Band. Bigger than the SSBB and unbelievably well turned out for such a hot day. A better performance than by some professional bands with some fantastic solos. 
Lost for words to say how good they were 
Sorry pic from the mobile phone does not show much of the band but just lots of happy punters.
JT.
April Joslin videoed MacArthur Park (on F/b).

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tall Ships - Day One.









Last night I went down to catch the Nick Pride Trio who came over very well - if not all jazz
Also along by the Lifeboat Station I came across some "fringe" activity. An organisation called "Tall Ship" (singular) has two sheds in which they are building a tall ship. Not mentioned in the main programme they are putting on various bands over the four days. I heard a couple of tunes from a band called Dennis. A full on sound with obvious links to the Durham Brass Band tradition 
JT.

R.I.P Rudy Van Gelder

The most iconic recording engineer in the history of jazz died on Thursday (August 25) aged 91. To attempt to list all of the albums he engineered would be a Herculean task. Simpler to just pull out a long player on Blue Note, Prestige or by Miles, Trane, Dexter - in fact just about anyone who was anyone in modern jazz and you can bet that it was Rudy Van Gelder's fingers at the controls.
He produced a distinct sound, not, he says, because it was on vinyl, but despite it being on vinyl!
There's a brilliant and perceptive obituary in the New Yorker by Richard Brody which also gives links to the authors favourite tracks on Spotify.
The legend died on Thursday and I was complaining of a nosebleed the same day - puts things in perspective!
Lance.

CD Review: Andrew Stewart - I Thought About You

Alexander Stewart (vcl) w. big band inc. Rob Barron (pno); Rob Anstey (bs); Andy Chapman (dms); Freddy Gavita (tpt); Andy Panayi (alt); Callum Au, Alistair White (tmb) as well as the City of Prague Philharmonic on 7 tracks.
(Review by Lance).
I've been a fan of Alexander Stewart since that night back in 2009 when I first heard him at London's The Spice of Life. I was knocked out then and I've been increasingly impressed by his progress.
This new CD - perhaps his most ambitious yet - rubberstamps my early judgement.
Yes, he's still a crooner, but he's today's crooner, albeit one who still looks over his shoulder and says, "If it was good enough then, then it's good enough now - if I do it my way!"

Friday, August 26, 2016

Coming Soon....

The film's completed - here's a short trailer.
Lance.

Latin Jazz Groove @ Hoochie Coochie - August 25

Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Summers (ten/sop/fl/perc); Alan Law (keys); Bradley Johnson (gtr); Katy Trigger (bs gtr); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A formidable line-up! After an impressive instrumental opener, Ms. Milne managed to convey a suggestion of Brazil with Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave, although the weather outside was more related to the rain forests of that country. This really is a weekend for Latinos with Havana Club 5 at Bar Loco on Saturday and the Argentinian Tango Jazz Quartet at The Globe on Monday.

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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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