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Bebop Spoken There

Cat Anderson: "It [the Lionel Hampton Band] was a wonderful experience, and there was lots of excitement, but the work was too hard and underpaid" - (Down Beat January 25 1968).

Arturo O’Farrill: “I like to put a younger musician next to a veteran and hope each will influence the other’s thinking.” – (Down Beat September 2014).

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Today Sunday September 21

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in "The Park".
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MARK WILLIAMS (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 5pm. Free.
Great band in great venue!
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TEES HOT CLUB - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 11am-5pm.
It's the Classic Car and Motor Bike Show with several bands. The Hot Club boys are on at 3pm.
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Evening
DORS - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6.. 8pm.
A JNE/Splinter gig by contemporary European band (including Chris Sharkey) complete with audiovisual presentation.
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ROLY VEITCH/JEREMY McMURRAY QUARTET featuring NOEL DENNIS (tpt) & MARK TOOMEY - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Tonight's the night and it's the club's 30th anniversary!
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TESSA SMITH - Riding Mill Parish Hall, Millfield Rd., Riding Mill, Northumberland NE46 6DJ. £10. 7pm.
Rising young vocal star, now living in Leeds returns home for special gig.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. - Monthly - back October 5.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ron Chapman - Sand Dancer, South Shields.

Ron Chapman (solo guitar).
The waves rolled in from the sea, beating against fortified wall with the ferocity of a Buddy Rich drum solo. Not a day for swimming.
Entering the bar I hear a child crying, Sunday lunchtime chit-chat fills the air. There is much to talk about - both local soccer teams have won. Knives and forks and plates provide the rhythm to the youngster's plaintive wail. Above it all, the strains of "Moonlight in Vermont" drift gently across the room. This is what I came for. I order a drink - a lager shandy, I too am in party mode. Skilfully ignoring a couple of rug-rats I find a seat close to the music.
In a corner, perched on a high stool, Ron Chapman plays, seemingly oblivious to the surroundings.
"Vermont" segues into "Over The Rainbow" and I show my appreciation with some 'air' clapping. He nods in acknowledgment and plays "Send in the Clowns" (not I hope directed at me!). "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life", "Embraceable You" (or was it "Darn That Dream"? Whatever it's all nice tasteful stuff.
With Ron you don't get Montgomerylike runs or flashy flights of fancy. Ron's forté is the unexpected chord that turns the piece around into something new. He explained later that, because of arthritus he sometimes fingers a wrong chord.
The chords sounded good to me. "You Don't Know What Love Is", "As Time Goes By" and finally "Nuages". Later I chat with Ron. We find we have a lot of mutual acq.'s and he promises to post some guitar stuff for the blog. As I type I notice already my inbox filling up - watch this space. Lance. (Ron Chapman plays four lunchtimes every week, Mondays and Fridays in the Priory Pub in Tynemouth and Saturday and Sundays at the Sand Dancer in South Shields. He describes his playing as: "Solo chordal jazz in the syle of Joe Pass, Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel etc. (I hope!)")

6 comments :

  1. Lance being a native of the Tynemouth area, its strange I dont know where the Priory Pub in Tynemouth is?

    Could it be the Gibraltar Rock? that one speaks of?

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  2. The Priory Bar, to give it its correct title, is at 2 East Street and seems to be sort of opposite the Gib. Check it out on Google Earth

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  3. Could it perhaps be the upstairs bar in the Gib?

    Tom and Lorna Weatherly will know they live right opposite.

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  4. No the Priory is in the main street in Tynemouth on a corner. It used to be the Percy Arms.

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  5. Give the Weatherley's my regards - last time I saw them was at Zoe's Corner House gig. I thought they lived on the continent now? I worked with Lorna's brother, Ronnie McLean, for many years.

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  6. Thanks for that Ron. I thought it was still called the "Percy"

    Lorna and Tom still have their beautiful apartment with wonderful views over the mouth of the Tyne. They do however spend quite abit of time abroad during the winter months (lucky things) I will pass on your comments Lance as I do see them quite often.

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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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