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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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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.
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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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