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Bebop Spoken There

Bobby Watson: “He [Charles McPherson] did some of the stuff on Clint Eastwood's movie [Bird] and no one knew the difference– (Jazz Times March 1996).

JJ Johnson: “They [jazz listeners] can't be fooled. They're broad-minded enough to want to hear innovation. At the same time, they're too hip to be taken in by false prophets (Down Beat May 28, 1970.

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1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
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Today Sunday May 1

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm.
Nick Pride (solo guitar)- Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
James Harrison (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 2pm. 0191 2331010.
Improv. Workshop - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 3pm. Free.
Smokin' Spitfires - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 12:30pm. £6.50. Charity fundraiser for Bubble Foundation.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Sean Noonan's Pavee Dance - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £8/£6 (conc.) JNE 'On the Outside' . gig.
Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DW1 1WA. 7:30pm. £17/£15.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub and Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

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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