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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).

James Moody: “[On practising] If you don't use it, you lose it. And that applies to everything--and when I say everything, I mean everything!” – (Jazz Times March 2004).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dewy-eyed update.

Talking with Valerie and Jim at today's Fenner sisters gig conversation got around to the currently popular Dewy-eyed postings.
Jim, who was my best man, reminded me that as we awaited the arrival of the taxi to 'get me to the church on time' we filled the time in by jamming on Sir Charles Thompson's "Robbins' Nest". So, with such a pedigree I feel I should get dewy-eyed over "Robbins' Nest" at the expense of "Thanks For The Memory". Thanks for the Memory, Jim!
Not to be outdone, Jim's wife, Valerie, who also happened to be Marlene's bridesmaid, reminded me that, before we were married, she and Marlene were on holiday and M brought me back a 45 of Sinatra singing "I've Got A Crush On You". So I guess it is goodbye to "The Way You Look Tonight".
At least TWYLT is still in the game thanks to Ms. Anonymous who e'er she be.


  1. What a great pic, just goes to show how important music was to you even on your wedding day..I'll bet that's a pic of your mum on the wall behind you!

  2. Actually Liz, the picture is, I think, either Bach or Beethoven. It was, after all, her house. If it had been mine it would have been Charlie Parker or Dizzy Gillespie!

  3. Oh sorry, no disrespect to your mum, Bach or Beethoven...she sure had taste, but then I know she was a highly respected teacher of classical music


  4. It's all coming back to me now - 46years later - the picture on the wall is of Mozart.


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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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