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Bebop Spoken There

Freddie Hubbard: “Know what I miss most about New York? The drummers. You can't find any decent drummers but in New York-- most of the cats are there.”(DownBeat November 1981).
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Tony Glover: “They [the Slowlight Quartet] perhaps don’t yet know just how good they are.” – (Hexham Courant 17 April 2015) .

Today Monday April 27

Afternoon.
JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Classic Jazz, Raffles and a jolly afternoon.
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BELL & BUCKET NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Bell & Bucket, 37 Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Classic New Orleans.
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Evening.
PAUL RILEY QUINTET - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 7.30pm. £10/£8.
I don't know how this one escaped - I even mentioned the gig in a review of the band's CD! But sometimes these things slip past our snouts and grass'. Maybe it's a ploy to lure the punters in to what they think will be an exclusive event (like an illegal bare knuckle prize fight!) Whatever, well worth hearing.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

River City Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club.

Ray Harley (tpt), Gordon Solomon (tmb), Jim McBriarty (clt/alt), Keith Stephen (gtr/bjo), Bill Brooks (bs), Fred Thompson (dms).
We had a smashing night at the Elephant. (A shelf behind the bar collapsed during a number in the second half.) The band kept going while our regular barman Rubin was in a right plight. We have a jazz convert in Rubin - he chats to the younger bands and sometimes buys them a drink. Everyone agreed that the line up last night was perfect. Starting out with more traditional numbers on banjo and clarinet the audience soon go into the swing of things. These were soon replaced by alto and guitar and the band played a balanced programme of classic and mainstream. Ray Harley was faultless in his performance reaching all those high notes. Jim McBriarty did one solo number and Caroline Irwin sang two numbers, one with the band and one with just the rhythm section. Important for all you bloggers out there. Do not miss a rare treat. Ray Harley is with the River Citie Jazzmen at Gateshead Fell (Friday), Mouth of the Tyne (Saturday afternoon) or Whitley Bay Festival (Saturday night).
John Taylor.

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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.)
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