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Bebop Spoken There

Najee: “I've played in a lot of musical situations and they've all contributed to some facet of my musical personality– (Jazz Times March 1996).

Meredith d'Ambrosio: “Sometimes the verses are better than the songs! (Jazz Times March 1996).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Friday April 29.

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening
The Ladies of Midnight Blue - World Headquarters, Curtis Mayfield house, Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UF. 11pm (DJ set earlier).
Big Muddy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zita Frith/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
John Bailey Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
James Birkett/Bradley Johnston - Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor, Durham DH7 9RH. £7. 7:30pm.

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!
Lance.

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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