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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Betty Bennett: “I've never sung "Funny Valentine"--my only claim to fame.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Today Tuesday December 1

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca), Brian Carrick (clt/ten), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl).
After their triumphant tour of Leeds, the Maine Street boys and girl came out to play at Rosie Malone's today with a surprise guest on clarinet - Brian Carrick depping for Jim McBriarty. Playing a steel clarinet that it is said once belonged to New Orleans legend George Lewis Brian gets that vintage sound so beloved of the purists with perhaps a touch of Sidney Bechet's soprano added.
He also played equally vintage tenor giving us an indication of what Coleman Hawkins may have sounded like before he joined Fletcher Henderson.
However, with Ray Harley blowing trumpet there was no danger of returning too close to the Delta and the result was their usual driving Dixieland.
Olive, as per, was in good voice, Herbie joined her for a vocal duo on Deed I Do as well as soloing on trombone and harmonica.
Malcolm Armstrong, a tower of strength on piano ably abetted by Alan and Tommy.
Oh and, in the absence of buddies B and M, I won a bottle of California's finest in the raffle!
A convivial afternoon. There were even ladies dancing!


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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.)
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