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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

George Melly: “I think all clubs are like old tarts, sad under full lighting.” – (Slowing Down, Penguin Books 2005).

Today Tuesday December 1

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.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Extreme Measures @ The Cluny - a worthy band for a worthy cause

Gary Turner (ten), Mark Williams (gtr), Ben Gilbert (pno), Stuart Davies(bs), David Carnegie (dms).
What is there left to say about Extreme Measures that Russell didn't say after the Stockton gig at the weekend or that I haven't already said myself over the past couple of years?
Tonight was a special gig on two counts. Firstly it was in aid of the 'Maggie's Day' Cancer charity and charity doesn't come much higher than that. The organisers must have been pleased with the good response.
Secondly, it was Ben Gilbert's last gig with the band. Ben will be a tremendous miss but who knows that his replacement will not add a new dimension? It will be interesting to find out.
There were some awesome moments tonight from all of the soloists and to pick an individual out would surely be impossible.
Sartorially though it's a different matter. David's cool haircut wins by a country mile!

1 comment :

  1. It was a superb gig. One of the reasons this band is so good is all the musicians listen so carefully to each other. Every number is an inventive and complex discussion rather than a succession of solos.
    We will all miss Ben, of course, but I suspect that the ethos of Extreme Measures is strong enough to accomodate and nurture a new keyboard talent.


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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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