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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.)

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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 14, 2010

Sister Kate Wishes She Could Shimmy Like Olive! Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's.

Olive Rudd (vcl), Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb.hca.vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms).
Olive rocked Rosie's this afternoon with a shimmering rendition of "Sister Kate" whilst in and around her the Jazzmen of Maine Street purveyed Dixieland at its best. I was reminded of the film "Pete Kelly's Blues" all that's missing is the crystal ball chandelier.
A good crowd applauded appreciatively for good old good ones such as "Jazz Me Blues", "Ballin' The Jack", "Stevedore Stomp"and more...
As in previous weeks, Ray Harley added that vital extra dimension; his trumpet lead and solos worthy of Billy Butterfield or Yank Lawson. Herbie too was in rumbustious form - this was Kid Ory meets Jack Teagarden. I can't recall any local front-line getting such a good sound as Ray and Herbie coupled with the icing on the Cake Walking Babies as provided by Jim McBriarty whose clarinet playing is elegance personified.
As always, Malcolm's 88 notes are straight out of Basin Street whilst Tommy Graham, this week was in Ray Bauduc mode.
Perhaps the most underrated player is Alan Rudd on bass; there all the time, never missing a beat. If Tommy provides the spark plugs then Alan is the fuel pump.
Another grand afternoon and, for those aficionados who like their beer from the wood (in theory), real ales are still only £2 on Thursday afternoons - let's hear your excuse for not being there next week. The ferry from North Shields leaves on the hour and the half hour.
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.
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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