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Bebop Spoken There

Najee: “I've played in a lot of musical situations and they've all contributed to some facet of my musical personality– (Jazz Times March 1996).

Meredith d'Ambrosio: “Sometimes the verses are better than the songs! (Jazz Times March 1996).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Friday April 29.

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening
The Ladies of Midnight Blue - World Headquarters, Curtis Mayfield house, Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UF. 11pm (DJ set earlier).
Big Muddy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zita Frith/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
John Bailey Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
James Birkett/Bradley Johnston - Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor, Durham DH7 9RH. £7. 7:30pm.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie's (Rosie Malone's, South Shields.)

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca), Jim McBriarty (clt/vcl), Alan Rudd (bs), Mike Humble (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl).
I was half expecting Jack Parnell to turn up this week but Eric (Delaney) mustn't have spread the word! Nevertheless, there was a good crowd in and we did have a different drummer in the form of Mike Humble. He did good.
Jim McBriarty, still on a high from last night's big band gig, played immaculate clarinet and sang Nobody's Sweetheart - shades of Whispering Jack Smith only louder.
Olive, dare I say it,? is becoming a tad predictable in her choice of numbers these days. They are, of course, sung beautifully, in particular It Had To Be You, but it would be nice to be surprised now and then - there goes my chance of ever winning the raffle again!
Ray Harley was blowing like there's no tomorrow - today - and he was on top form hitting every note on the button.
All in all a splendid afternoon.
Lance.
PS: A well known local guitarist bought me a drink. GG, as I will refer to him as, has a Hagstrom D'Aquisto.  arch-topped oval holed guitar that is looking to enhance some suitable ensemble...

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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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