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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hot Antics Pull The Punters @ The Legion.

Michel Bastide (cornet, vocal); Bernard Antherieu (clarinet, alto, banjo, vocal); Michel Bescont (tenor, clarinet, vocal); Martin Seck (piano, washboard, vocal); Jean-Pierre Dubois (banjo, clarinet, vocal); Christian Lefevre ( tuba, trombone, vocal) + Franz Sjostrom (bass sax).
The Gateshead British Legion Club was more like the French Foreign Legion Club as the Hot Antics wooed the regulars with their Gallic charm. The Antics are more than just a hot dance band - much more.
In Bescont they have a superb early Hawk/Chu tenor who raised the bar with his solo on My Blue Heaven. A lovely version of Looking Good But Feeling Bad got the dancers up and a nice solo from Bastide kept everyone happy.
The Antics play lots of tunes that I've never heard of but, now that I have, they won't be forgotten. Such a gem was Watching My Dreams Go By. Not only 2 clarinets but 2 banjos! Derek Cogger and I nodded but there wasn't a hitman in the house - where are these guys when you need them?! We jest, of course - don't we Derek?
Three Little Words inspired Dave Kerr to interpret as "Cheque's in post" but it was Bliffy (?) Blues that really got things in the groove. This was a piece from Red Allen's 1930's band and the Frenchmen captured the minor mood of so many of Allen's recordings from that period.
This band is infectious. It begins in a pleasant almost mundane way but gradually builds up to completely captivate the listener.
An appointment with a bus meant I only caught the opening number of the second set but, when I say that bass-saxophonist Franz Sjostrom joined the frontline you will know that the second set was going to be something else again!
Look forward to a review of second set from Derek C.
The Antics can be heard in Darlington and South Shields tomorrow.
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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