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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "I don't wear a hearing aid on the bandstand. I play by vibrations - it worked for Beethoven" – (Down Beat December 1988).

Ralph Hutchinson: "I thought I'd gone as far musically back home [Newcastle/UK] and I wanted to get ahead of the boys. I wanted to hear Parker and Gillespie and Kenton." – (Down Beat, November 18, 1949).

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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival. (July 1 - 3, 2016.)
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com.
Competion is still open so enter to win a prize worth £283 and have a great weekend!
CLOSING DATE MAY 27!
Programme Details.

Today Wednesday May 25

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
TBA - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond. 7pm. Tel 0191 2399924 to check.
Live jazz - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. DL3 7LX. 01325 466585. 7:00-9:00pm.
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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.
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