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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival - This and That

Sometimes the best moments at The Festival - indeed any festival - are not the big time headlining acts but the feeling you get just hanging-out and meeting up with friends old and new for a drink a chat and an exchange of views.
There's also the various local bands who turn up and the non local bands who don't turn up!
Christine Tobin's Tapestry Unravelled was a case in point. As the throng gathered outside of the Jazz Lounge the word came through that her train was running an hour late and the concert would have to be put back. When the train was still running late at the re-scheduled time the organisers, sadly, had to cancel the concert.
Earlier Nick Pride and the Pimptones (see photo by Adrian Tilbrook) had had to curtail their set owing to the late arrival - through no fault of his own I hasten to add - of trombonist Chris Hibbard. Apparently he was stuck in traffic which was held up because some guy was threatening to jump off the Tyne Bridge.
This may have been a saxophone player bedazzled and driven to suicide by the virtuoso display by Claude Werner who, with his quartet, had given a mind-blowing performance in the Jazz Lounge! We shall hear more of this and the other acts from Russell. As for 'The Pimps' they played a non-stop quickfire sett of funk and soul with a new (to me) singer Susan Hamilton. She Laid It on The Line - and laid it good!
Out on the Concourse I heard a fine version of St Thomas by a college band known as Arthur's Henchmen.
Later came the Schmazz Factor award winners Hannabiel and Midnight Blue who stripped the paint from the walls.
Nothing could follow that...
...except Horn Dogs!
They raised the ante in front of a deseervedly full house.
Festival photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Quite right Lance - some of the best music was home grown and free of charge.

    I was completely blown away by Claude Werner. He took me to places that Joe Lovano didn't reach.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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