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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Tuesday April 24

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.

Gerry Richardson Trio - The Fox, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (collection). Richardson; Garry Linsley (alto sax) & Adam Sinclair (drums).

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 :

Blue said...

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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