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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.

Today Sunday May 1

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Nick Pride (solo guitar)- Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
James Harrison (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 2pm. 0191 2331010.
Improv. Workshop - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Smokin' Spitfires - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 12:30pm. £6.50. Charity fundraiser for Bubble Foundation.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Sean Noonan's Pavee Dance - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £8/£6 (conc.) JNE 'On the Outside' . gig.
Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DW1 1WA. 7:30pm. £17/£15.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

Monday, November 30, 2009

USE IT - OR LOSE IT - Jazz at the Saville.

Hello everybody – please do read all of this!
On Friday December 11 at 8.00pm we hold our celebrated Christmas Extravaganza: this year it's KEITH NICHOLS with the WEST JESMOND RHYTHM KINGS. Our theme will be “The Good Old Good Ones”.
The WJRK, augmented by the celebrated Mr Nichols, will play a session that reveals two very different interpretations of this phrase: in the first half, a selection of classic jazz pieces from the 1920s repertoire of Oliver, Morton and Armstrong, followed in the second half by a programme of “traditional jazz favourites” – the tunes for which we most frequently get requests, played more in the Barber/Colyer Bilk style of the 1950s.
In the true spirit of Christmas, Mr Nichols will make his own special gift to the audience in the shape of his inimitable piano and vocal renditions of the works of Mr Thomas Waller.
There will also be our celebrated Grand Christmas Raffle, with more than a dozen prizes of seasonal goodies, wines and spirits and the odd CD or two.
We hope that there will be a really strong turnout for this event: in the last twelve months, we have lost a fair amount of money, but a mere 15 more paying customers per concert would have seen us breaking even. The cash reserves we had carefully built up over the preceding two years have now been just about exhausted. We hate to utter gloomy thoughts at Christmastide, but with costs set to rise in the New Year, with the loss of help from the North Tyneside Arts Support Team - sadly made redundant as the Council struggle to balance their budget - and with no continuing support from Arts Council England, we really need a boost in audience numbers in the months ahead if we are to continue to present overseas bands and UK bands from outside the North East. So, do make the effort to get along to the Exchange, maybe drag a friend or two along with you, spread the word whenever you can, and hopefully we can keep the flag flying for high-quality traditional jazz at the Saville Exchange. Like our American cousins say, it really is a case of “use it or lose it”……….
Lastly, the latest word on Box Office arrangements is that the phone number will remain the same (0191 643 7093) but there will be no-one on hand at the Saville Exchange to take advance bookings in person. Also, the Council inform us that from January onwards it will not be possible to reserve specific seats - while we have no fears of anyone being turned away for lack of space, we can only advise you to arrive early if you want to be sure of sitting with friends or in your favourite spot. Doors will be open from 6.00pm.
With best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a splendidly jazzy New Year,
Mike Durham.

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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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