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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Jazz Esquires at The Porthole 6/1/2010.

Laurie Brown vibes, Miles Watson trumpet/vcl. Bob Stephenson drums, Stan Nicholson bass guitar, Robin Douthwaite guitar and Roy Gibson keyboard.
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, like the Windmill of old, The Porthole never closes. At 1pm the band outnumbered the audience but they gradually arrived by taxi, ferry and on foot to make it not far short of the normal crowd.
Kicking off with "I'm Beginning To See The Light" the band got through a nice mainstream menu ending up with "Lester Leaps In" (minus Lester also minus Dave the Rave who was snowbound. It must have been Pelting down at Pelton).
The high spot for the trumpet section was "Swinging Scorpio", a lovely Buck Clayton number.
As usual the rhythm section was rock solid and swinging like the clappers, the trumpet had a few James & Baker moments, unfortunately it was Jimmy James & Hylda Baker not Harry & Kenny. Roy kept on the keyboard at half time, Brian Lineham did some good numbers on harmonica and Mine Host Mike Read gave out with a couple of Bobby Darin numbers. Derek Chapman the interval drummer was marooned in Consett and Teresa couldn't make it but it's nice for them to see their name in print.
Next week the renowned Mick Hill on trumpet.
Miles (not Davis).

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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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