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Bebop Spoken There

Rex Stewart: "Screwy chords and modern harmonies may be exciting to play, but they will never be bread-and-butter-music." - (Melody Maker April 24, 1948. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Vasilis Xenopoulos: “I like playing jazz that has form, and structure. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and I like it.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Saturday July 4

Afternoon
SPIRIT of NEW ORLEANS - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly - Today's the day!
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £25/£22.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters.First Saturday in the month - Today's the day!
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Bents Park, South Shields. 1pm. Free.
VCJ playing Down Among the Sheltering Palms of South Shields - perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July.
Evening
BELINDA VOSHTINA/ALAN LAW - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
One of our best singers with one of our best pianomen - what's not to like?
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R.J.FEATHER's BLUES BAND - The Globe, 11 Railway St., NE4 7AD. 7.30pm (For 8pm). £5.
Retro Blues - get groovin'
RALPH KEELEY - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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RUTH LAMBERT/DEAN STOCKDALE - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 7pm - 10pm. 0191 2331010.
One of our best singers with one of our best pianomen - what's not to like?
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz. Tonight's the night!
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STACEY KENT - Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick NE66 1PQ. 7.30pm. £21.50/£20.50. 01665 510785.
Always a delight.
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DJANGOLOGIE - Queen's Hall, Hexham 8pm - Sold Out!

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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