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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Wednesday April 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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Frith St. @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Zita Frith (vcl); Lloyd Wright (gtr); Phil Richardson (pno); Ian Paterson (bs); David Francis (dms). Despite the band being packed full of jazzmen the first set was more of  a cabaret performance - nothing wrong with that 'old chum' - life is a cabaret!
Ms Frith ran through a selection of gassers displaying her impeccable taste. Talking of taste, the Confit Chicken & Black Pudding Terrine with Sauce Gribiche was pretty impeccable too.
The Way You Look Tonight, The Candyman, Nice Work If You Can Get It (also applicable to the Rump of Lamb with Stewed Peppers & Grilled Black Olive Polenta) L-o-v-e and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B were just some of the songs sung so well.
After a Cherry & Chocolate Tart with Toasted Almond Ice Cream that was a dessert to die for I settled back to enjoy a second set that began with The More I See You and saw the band losing their inhibitions a little.
Particularly outstanding was Louis Jordan's Choo Choo Ch' Boogie done slow and bluesy with an almost sensuous feel to it. Lloyd cut loose a little here and piano man Phil also got his licks in. Let's Do It and then Loverman. Drummer Dave played this in '3's and it worked beautifully.
Ian, on bass, was sound throughout and all in all a pleasant and enjoyable evening.
Lance.

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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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