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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Wednesday May 4.

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
VEIN w. Greg Osby - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe, 9pm. 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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