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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Goodman: “...maybe Fletcher [Henderson] isn't the best pianist going, but he knows what we want.– (Down Beat December 15, 1939).

Sonny Rollins: “I don't feel I'm as great as they think I am.– (Down Beat November 28, 1956).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Sunday February 7

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Phil Richardson (solo piano) - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2:00pm.
Ralph Keeley - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Improvisers Workshop - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Teresa Watson Band - Tyne Bar. 3:00pm (first set 3:30pm) Free. Line-up includes Johnny Whitehill.
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Evening.
George Burt (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Corey Mwamba (vbs) - The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6 (conc). 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant - Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8-10pm. Free.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Mama Mia & Broadway Melody - Jazz @ The Fell

Mia Webb (vcl), Iain McCaulay (tmb/tpt/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt/ten), Brian Chester (pno), John Hallam (bs), Ollie Rillands (dms).
This week has been, in my life, a singer's week culminating tonight with Mia Webb strutting her stuff with Broadway Melody. No airs and graces just straight down the middle songs from the 'Jazz Age' - give or take a few years.
"Mean To Me", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Goody Goody", "Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" and a song new to me - "Eeny, Meeny, Miny Mo", a splendid Johnny Mercer/Matty Malneck tune from 1935, to mention but a few.
Mia knows how to carry a tune and she does it with panache - not a scatted syllable in earshot!"
Broadway Melody lived up to their name with tunes, many of which may well have emanated from the 'Great White Way,' mixed in with jazzers such as "C Jam Blues" and "Royal Garden Blues".
During "The Saints" the ladies unfurled their brollies and provided a colourful spectacle.
As well as his usual 'on the money' trombone playing Iain also blew trumpet on the "Saints."
Very pleasant evening.
Lance.

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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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