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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).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Sunday November 29

Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Alix Shepherd (Solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Gala Big Band - Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. 03000 267200.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. Doors 7pm. £5.

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).

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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