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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

I Remember Django

Yesterday, 23rd Jan., was the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt.
I find it incredible that the BBC did not mark this in any way given the genius of the man, the like of whom we will never hear/see again. When you consider that his solos were played on only 2 fingers of his damaged hand.
My son, brother & I raised our glasses in his memory.
Liz.

3 comments :

  1. I'd have found it incredible if the BBC HAD marked his centennial!
    It would be interesting to know if it was acknowledged in France.

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  2. If it had been Wacko Jacko's centennial we would have hours and hours and hours and hours of tributes and endless drivel.
    Grumpy

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  3. Recently I heard again Django's 'improvisation #1' on radio 3. It was played in among some classical stuff. It demonstrates his phenomenal right hand tremelo pick technique and also how he managed all those subtle chordal passages despite his damaged left hand. Astonishing! For anyone who hasn't heard this, it's on Youtube and here's the link.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abTCjBo8elE
    Roly

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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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