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Bebop Spoken There

Jimmy McPartland: “I think one of the reasons he [Bix] drank so much was that he was a perfectionist and wanted to do more with music than anyone could.– (Down Beat January 13, 1954).

Jimmy Dorsey: “Contrast, expression and interesting harmonies have been overlooked too long by dance bands.– (Down Beat November 1937).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Thursday February 11

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Mark Toomey (alto) Jeff Aucott (keys); Gusa Smith (vcl); Kevin Eland (tpt) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free. 9pm.
Havana Style Cuban Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free - come along and shake your maracas!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vieux Carre Jazzmen @ The Newton Park, Benton. March 24th.

Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Fred Rowe (trumpet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Roger Myerscough (clarinet,  baritone sax & vocals), Fred Thompson (drums & vocals) & Brian Sibbald (double bass).
The Vieux Carre Jazzmen invited Roger Myerscough 'up north' to play a couple of gigs at the refurbished Newton Park public house last night and tonight at the Marquis of Granby in Sunniside. 
The Newton was doing a roaring trade as I arrived (the pub has been transformed into a very successful food operation) and the Vieux Carré's regular band of Monday night supporters abandoned the Corner House to follow Mr. Bennett & co. to this new jazz venue (I say 'new' venue but more of that later). 
A pint of Greene King's Abbot Ale in hand, I was in the company of other regular jazzers, as the band took to the stand. I Can't Give You Anything But Love Baby, Buona Sera and King Oliver's Jackass Blues (good clarinet from Myerscoughwere but a few of the tunes in an entertaining first set
Raffle done (nearly a winner!), the second set started with a favourite - Bill Bailey followed by It's a Long Way to Tipperary and others. Fred Rowe took a good vocal on Shine and in no time it was Goin' Home time (11:00 PM). 
On the subject of jazz at the Newton Park...I'm sure that many moons ago I heard the Alan Glen Complex in this very pub. Can anyone confirm AG did actually play at the pub? Were you there?
Russell

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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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