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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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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Take It To The Bridge Kick Start 2010 @ The Chilli

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Dr. Steve Summers (alt/sop), Andy Lee (sop), Lance Liddle (ten), Barrie Ascroft, Chris Finch, Harley Johnson (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms), Debra Milne (vcl).
My first gig of 2010 both as reviewer and player. In consequence I feel it should be left to someone else to pass comment. However, as that would be sticking my head into the lion's mouth I'll content myself by saying I enjoyed the blow.
For the record, I played the first set with Dave and the rhythm section getting my chops around (more or less), "Stella by Starlight", "Cantaloupe Island", "Georgia on my Mind", "Watermelon Man", "Killer Joe"... The rest of the guys kept the ship afloat and Dave vocalised on a few.
The cavalry arrived in time for the second set in the form of Dr. Steve Summers playing some superb alto and soprano tonight, Andy Lee - my old mate from Windows Music Store also on soprano - Chris Finch and Harley Johnson on keyboard and Debra Milne who sang "Four" and "Well You Needn't".
I re-joined the melée for Freddie Hubbard's "Blues For Duane".
The only downside to the evening was that outside it had snowed again.
But so what? It was cool.
Photos. (courtesy of Bill Shaw.)
Next week it's the Hot House Dragons.
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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