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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).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Sunday November 29

Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Alix Shepherd (Solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Gala Big Band - Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. 03000 267200.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. Doors 7pm. £5.

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.
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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