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Bebop Spoken There

Ruby Braff: "When you say musicians, what do you mean? People that can play their horn well, or people that make music?" - (Crescendo June 1975).


Colin Towns: “I learned what I could but I was tipped out of school at 15 and you went from pub to pub learning what you could. Or going through the racks at Dobell’s or Ray’s.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).


Today Sunday October 4

James Harrison - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm.
Alan Law - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Smokin' Spitfires - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 12:30pm. £6.50. Bubble Foundation fundraiser.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Toby Delius Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE gig.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub & Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

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.

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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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