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Bebop Spoken There

Kirk Knuffke: “When I moved to New York, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t getting any work because I was a trumpet player. I was only getting work because I was me.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

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

Today Friday November 27

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Ruth Lambert/Paul Edis - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle.4:30pm. Free.
Manjula - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £6/£5 (in advance) 0191 2229882.
Keith Morris CD/DVD Launch - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. Free. 6pm.
Caro Emerald! - City Hall, Northumberland Rd., Newcastle. 7pm. £47/£34.50/£24.50.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Customs House Big Band - Open Rehearsal

Listening to the Customs House Big Band in an auditoreum is quite an experience; listening to them in the confined space of the New Crown Hotel is positively mindblowing! Imagine being dropped into a massed band session by the Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Woody Herman Bands and it gives you an overall impression of the sound. Simply incredible.
Not than I'm suggesting that the CHBB is equal to all 3 of those legendary bands but they are getting pretty damn close. Even listening to the same piece being taken over and over again in segments and as a whole doesn't diminish the experience. Indeed it serves to prove just how meticulous these musicians and their leader Peter Morgan is.
Add vocals by Ruth Lambert and the cup is full - it runneth over.
Ruth's piece de resitance today was "Come Fly With Me" done so well that I was ready to phone EasyJet and book a flight to 'fly off into the blue'.

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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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