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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday At The Porthole.

The Jazz Esquires: Mick Hill, trumpet, flugel & vocal, Tony Winder tenor & clarinet, Doug Fielder, tenor, Roy Gibson, keyboards, Robin Douthwaite guitar, Stan Nicholson bass guitar, Laurie Brown drums & mike.
The Jazz Esquires made history today by starting before 1 o,clock and kept up a barrage of music till after 3pm.
Kicking off with "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", they ran through a varied programme of standards and some less well known numbers, finishing with an up tempo "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise".
It was nice to here "Critic's Choice" from the Buddy Rich Big Band, the front line coping well with Oliver Nelson's chart, another 12 bar number was Humph's "Me & Buck" a tribute to Buck Clayton. Mick's two solos with the cup mute were very like Clayton's work and he also played a beautiful flugel solo on "When Your Lover Has Gone", with a change of style shown on "Rose Room" he proved once again he hasn't much competition in the trumpet field.
The rhythm section was again the backbone of the session with a particular mention for Stan Nicholson who not only keeps the proceedings firmly anchored on track but also played some great solos. A special mention for Doug Fielder who travels from Workington to play here and with Take It To The Bridge at night, only jazzmen have that dedication.
Interval music was provided by George Laing with Robin on guitar and Derek Chapman on drums. Brian Lineham sang and played harmonica and the ever youthful Teresa sang and won the raffle as usual.
Colin Johnson took over from Roy for a couple of numbers in the second half and at the end of the proceedings the audience showed their appreciation in the usual manner.
Miles Watson.

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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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