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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Charles Gordon @ The Cherry Tree by Peter (Peter and Gordon!)

Against all expectations, a large number of souls braved the winter wasteland of Jesmond to enjoy the offerings of good food and uplifting live jazz music at The Cherry Tree last night.
Due to the weather, the visit of the Andrea Pattison Quintet was postponed until the 1st February when the arctic conditions are rumoured to be lifting and those not owning Chelsea tractors will be able to use their cars again.
However, the very talented jazz pianist Charles Gordon stepped in at short notice when the mercury inched past zero degrees to play two great sets drawing appreciative applause from the diners.
His repertoire included "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" ( appropriate !), "The Look of Love", "The Lady is a Tramp", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "The End of Love" (by Dave Grusin), "South of the Tyne" (his own composition ), "Autumn Leaves", " A Lovely Day Today" (joke ), "Moonlight in Vermont" (the only song ever written without a rhyme in the lyrics), "Masquerade", "Spooky", and "Cantaloupe Island" (Herbie Hancock).
We look forward to getting back to normal with the first visit to The Cherry Tree of the Harley Johnson Trio next Monday 18th January.
Peter.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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