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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Douglas, trumpeter & podcaster: “The first suggestion was, “Can you get Kenny G on the show?” And I thought, that would be great. I don’t think Mr. G would do it, but boy, I would welcome that opportunity.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Before we criticise the milestone for walking we should compare it with the milestones that stand still" - (Daily Telegraph March 9, 1968).

Today Tuesday November 24

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.
Advanced Jazz Guitar (Course - final session) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6:00pm.
Inner Space Music - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St., Jazzmen - British Legion Club, Jesmond. 8:30pm. £5.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Whatever Next?

Saw a ukelele in a store window described as a Les Paul Ukelele. Please tell me there isn't a Barney Kessel Banjo. Lance.


  1. Well I heard Metheny has commissioned one. Meanwhile we always have Bela all in the best of taste. Dig that shirt.
    Anonymous Formby fan.

  2. After the Orchestrian conked out at the Barbican I think Metheny might think twice before ukeing it. In fact I think the Orchestrian, Luddite that I am, should be banjoed.

  3. Well yes - it's a bit bizarre to see all that huge array of instruments (on Youtube) all playing away with no-one sitting at them. A technological miracle (when it works) BUT - what's the point? I'd rather listen to one bloke playing an acoustic instrument, without any gizmos and not even any electricity.


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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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