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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Douglas, trumpeter & podcaster: “The first suggestion was, “Can you get Kenny G on the show?” And I thought, that would be great. I don’t think Mr. G would do it, but boy, I would welcome that opportunity.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Before we criticise the milestone for walking we should compare it with the milestones that stand still" - (Daily Telegraph March 9, 1968).

Today Tuesday November 24

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Advanced Jazz Guitar (Course - final session) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6:00pm.
Inner Space Music - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St., Jazzmen - British Legion Club, Jesmond. 8:30pm. £5.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Marshall Remembered at Corner House

Peter Wright (tpt), Barry Soulsby (clt/alt/vcl), Lawrence McBriarty (tmb), Brian Bennett (bjo), Brian Sibbald (bs), Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
There was a general air of melancholia about the Corner House tonight as the regulars, myself included, tried to come to terms with the passing of Marshall Walker. Marshall, who played for the Vieux Carré in the distant past was remembered with a rendition of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." In truth, Marshall would probably have preferred a number associated with Monk or Dizzy but it was the sentiment that counted and there were one or two misty eyes around.
The band itself went about it's business as usual, "Deed I Do" with vocal by Fred proving popular although my fave was "You Took Advantage of Me" with good solos all-round.
Talking to Margaret B during the interval the conversation got around to the recent "Tyne Soundings" at the Sage. Margaret summed the 'sound sculpture' up perfectly when she said "It was so bad it will get some prestigious award."

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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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