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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Saturday May 26

Afternoon

Dave Ferra All Stars - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 3:00pm. Free. Whitley Bay Carnival. Blues band.

King Bee - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 5:00pm. Free. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Evening

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Free. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie's.

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno0, Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl).
An acoustic first set due to mixing desk problems meant no Olive but, nevertheless, didn't stop the band putting in their usual stella performance with Ray Harley leading them through an array of Dixieland classics and on to the gloryland.
During the intermission the pub manager rigged up the house system which meant Olive was back in business and she stomped off with a rousing version of "All of Me" followed later by "I Double Dare You". Herbie, of course, also hogged the resuscitated PA with, among other things, "The Curse of an Aching Heart".
As a memento of Ray Harley's stay with the band they have recorded a CD "Fine & Dandy" which of course contains the title track sung by Princess Olive who also does the business on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love".
The disc was recorded live albeit not at Rosie's as Ian Hetherington replaces Tommy Graham on drums. At a fiver it is a snip and is available at gigs or via the band's website.
Coincidentally, I remarked today that the only thing missing from Tommy's drum breaks is an "Ool-ya Ool-ya" à la the late Lennie Hastings well, on the CD, I did detect such an utterance from Ian on, it may have been, "Jazz Me Blues".
A good afternoon, a good CD and I have it on authority that the Cumberland Bitter at £2 a pint is positively Nectarian.
Lance.

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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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