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Bebop Spoken There

Charenee Wade: “…I was maybe 10 or 11, I was listening to 50 year old Sarah Vaughn and trying to sound like her.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: “Wearing jeans, sweat shirts and sneakers is okay for a bowling alley but is unacceptable on stage or in a club; such an appearance detracts from his talent. Really, what's missing from today's jazzmen is dignity.” – (Crescendo December 1975).


Today Thursday October 8

Vieux Carré Jazzmen -
The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
The Pilgrim St. Set - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle, NE1 6SF. Free. 8pm.
Tees Hot Club w. Ray Dales + Brian Dales & Mark Toomey. - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. Free. 7:30pm.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Tom-Mix @ Side Café, Newcastle.

Mark Hanslip (reeds), Olie Brice (double bass), Tony Marsh (drums). Last night, well before sundown, Tom-Mix rode into town on a steaming summer's evening to be greeted by an audience more the size of a posse than a division of the US cavalry. Mark Hanslip, a youthful, paid-up member of the LOOP Collective, played some well-structured and at times lyrical tenor saxophone; any reference to Sonny Rollins should not be dismissed. Bassist Olie Brice in tandem with free jazz percussion veteran Tony Marsh powered the unit with no little enthusiasm. The two-set performance featured all three musicians with little in the way of a time-out being taken by one or other. Marsh, a master of his craft, encouraged a democratic approach with the two young gunslingers being anything but hired-hands. The gig was another in Jazz North East's 'On the Outside' programme. It was filmed and can be viewed on line shortly (poss. Sunday) at . The next installment of On the Outside is at the Star and Shadow Cinema on 27th September. Gannets, a quintet of UK improvisers, share the bill with a screening of Shirley Clarke's film 'Ornette: Made in America'. Russell


  1. Cheers Russell, good to see you there and I agree; this was in no way a bridge washed out on Route 79 - meant to ask them why they chose Tom Mix; could be cos he did all his own stunts? no safety net required -sheer poetry.

    Am sending a short follow on if Lance would consider it - On The Outside deserves the words.

  2. Consider it done. I'm looking for a Najaho Indian Squaw to interpret.
    Nah - I'm just looking to squaw!

  3. "Touchez!" as they say in Najaho territory. Bon chance with your squawing!

  4. Problem is that I'm looking for one without reservations...

  5. Imagine their reaction in a Florida diner when asked if I needed to cross the central reservation to get out of town - time to bail out, Geronimo!


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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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