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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Customs House Big Band - Open Rehearsal @ New Crown South Shields. May 3.

The band were preparing for their forthcoming concert at Spennymoor Settlement on May 14 where they are presenting a programme of Basie, Gershwin and Cole Porter, the Cole Porter not a coal porter (Ronnie Scott gag book circa 1964). They sorted out Gorgeous George & The Count Is Back, two orignals by Jim Martin, I Got Rhythm with some beautiful trombone by Chris Gurji-Smith and Bill Brittain gave his all in The Kid From Redbank.

The concert set was started with Hay Burner, Ruth Lambert sang Embraceable You, Sammy Nestico's Warm Breeze followed with solos by Bill on piano, Chris on trombone, Alan Marshall, tenor and Michael Lamb trumpet. A band version of the seldom heard ballad Long Ago and Far Away was followed by Ruth's Summertime, then the band with Nestico's Fun Time before Ruth and the band closed with I've Got You Under My Skin. I don't know how they do it but the band has that wonderful laid back Basie feel these days (it must be talent and practice). The good Burghers (is that how you spell it?) of Spennymoor are in for a treat.
Miles

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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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