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Bebop Spoken There

Bobby Watson: “He [Charles McPherson] did some of the stuff on Clint Eastwood's movie [Bird] and no one knew the difference– (Jazz Times March 1996).

JJ Johnson: “They [jazz listeners] can't be fooled. They're broad-minded enough to want to hear innovation. At the same time, they're too hip to be taken in by false prophets (Down Beat May 28, 1970.

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.

International Jazz Day Saturday April 30

Afternoon

Paul Skerritt Band - Ashington Market. 10am-3pm. Free.

Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.

Evening

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - Sage Gateshead. 7;30pm. £24.50 (£5 under 25s). Talk at 6:45. Dave Brubeck tribute w. Bill Dobbins (pno); John Nugent (alt).

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Graeme Wilson/Mark Williams - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.

Belinda Voshtina/James Harrison - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 7.pm 0191 2331010.

Glasgow Preston Lowe - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £10. 8pm.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Streets Are Alive With the Sound of Music

Strolling down Northumberland Street in Newcastle I was delighted to hear swingy sounds filling the air. Even without a rhythm section, apart from the baritone sax who played some bassish lines, it swung along nicely. Radio 2 should have been recording it! (That's a compliment by the way guys - see previous post).
I didn't realise it at the time but the four hornmen are an offshoot of Soznak - a band that was one of the success stories of the recent Mouth of the Tyne Festival. I should have stayed longer!
I must also commend them on their business acumen - set up next to a cash machine. No excuse folks!
If you want to know more go to their excellent myspace site.
Further down the street some religious sect were singing and preaching the Gospel whilst in the Central Arcade, outside of J.G.Windows, two young violinists were displaying their undoubted virtuosity. From my days of working in the Arcade I know just how wonderful the acoustics are.
Finally, as I descended via escalator to the bowels of Monument Metro Station I heard the plaintive wail of an alto sax.
It was a sound I'd recognise anywhere - Diane from Dinnington.
Think "Harlem Nocturne" and you've got Diane. No one can make an alto sound quite as melancholy as Diane - apart from Johnny Hodges that is.
I'd never seen her for years and it was nice to chat and catch up.
All in all there was some good music out there today.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. hi lance thanks for that
    weve had tons of album reviews but few live gig reveiws so that is very nice
    liked your blog
    best wishes paul heres a fun click

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDw_G0f6EBY

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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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