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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

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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?
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Today Thursday May 5

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead. 5pm. "The A + B of Café Songbook".
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. John Brett (ten); Mark Toomey (alt); Kevin Eland (tpt). - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Peter Gilligan Quartet - The Empty Shop, Framwwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. £5/£4 (students). 8pm.
Matt Holborn Quartet - Hamsterley Village Hall, nr. Bishop Auckland DL13 3QF. 7:30pm. £22 (family); £7.50 (adult); £5 (child). 7:30pm.
Dave Lee's Jazzmen - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8:30pm. £3/£2:50.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Wishing on the Moon - The Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's

Olive Rudd (vcl), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms). + Peter ? (tpt).
For some time now, Olive has been threatening - or should that be promising? - to sing "I Wished on the Moon" for me. No doubt expecting me to become all 'dewy-eyed'. I managed to restrain the tears - not because of any lack of emotional content in her vocal but simply because a 'dewy-eyed' man in Rosie's would look sort of out of place.
Suffice to say she did the song justice. Thank you Olive.
After last night's session at Ashington, the Maine Street Jazzmen, without the inspirational Bob Ludlum, may have been excused for seeming a little jaded especially when playing to a minimal audience - presumably the usual crowd were drowned in the deluge outside. However, this was far from the case and the old favourites were given a fresh workout.
Apart from wishing on the moon, Olive also sang a swingy "June Night" that got the feet tapping.
Herbie did "Who Were You With Last Night?" (honest!) and last week's trumpet player Peter played "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "Basin Street Blues". Bob Ludlum he ain't but then again, who is?
I enjoyed the afternoon; I mean, what else is there to do on a rainy Thursday afternoon in South Shields?
(In the above sentence the words in italics are optional).
Tonight, The Maine Street Jazzmen also play at Birtley St Josephs CMS Club and Parish Center. 8:00 pm. £2.50/£3.00 (guests).
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Have a look at the lovely moon tonight, it is the last full moon of the summer, so wish away everyone!

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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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