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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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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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