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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Saturday, January 09, 2010

THE RIVER CITY JAZZMEN-- REPRINTED FROM JUST JAZZ INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE. Part Two.

It was in fact Gordon Solomon who first coined the nick-name Sting,-- due to Sting’s insistence on wearing a striped yellow and black rugby shirt on stage, making him look like a large wasp! Some years later, around 1980, after he had hit the big time, Sting and the RCJ got together in the recording studios to record a number he had composed called Moon over Bourbon Street. The idea was that it would be one of the tracks on his new LP. However, the powers that be decided that a traditional jazz band sound was not appropriate and the number was recorded again using modem jazz players in the USA, -- a pity for us! It was during 1980 that the band started to tour in Europe, and several trips were made, especially to Holland where they played most of the major festivals and built up a large following. By this time singer Dave Hedley had joined, making the band an eight piece, and his contribution did a great deal for the popularity that they enjoyed at this time. Apart from being a hugely likeable man, Dave’s timing and superb sense of humour, and the fact that his voice was likened by many to the great Jimmy Witherspoon, meant that he was much acclaimed by the audiences. Unfortunately Dave passed away in 2001 and is sadly missed by all his friends. In 1983 the RCJ entered the International Jazz Competition in Breda, Holland and competing against 120 bands from all over the world, including Australia, Argentina and South Africa, was fortunate enough to win the much valued first prize. ln addition, our then clarinetist Stan Martin was awarded the prize for the best individual musician of the festival. These successes did a lot for the profile of the band, and farther offers from abroad and the UK started to appear. The local television station Tyne Tees Television also became interested and several appearances were made, - on one occasion we backed entertainers Dickie Henderson and Maggie Moon in a storming session which carried on long after the cameras had been switched off. The band also found itself in demand when professional musicians were touring the area and needed a backing group, — too many to mention here, the total number exceeds 35, but memorable nights were had with Champion Jack Dupree, Wild Bill Davison, Don Ewell, Doc Cheatham, Big Eye Louis Nelson , Pat Halcox, Roy Williams, John Crocker and many others. Gordon Solomon 2005 (to be continued...)

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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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