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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.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Jazz and Jam @ Offshore 44.

This is a jazz club!
At least it was tonight and hopefully will be for the foreseeable future Thursdays. Omid is to be congratulated upon finding a place with such a jazzy ambiance - could have been Paris on the left bank or up in Montmartre but, instead, it was Newcastle's Quayside. Too many musicians and combos to name everyone but it goes without saying that, as the evening progressed and the dimly lit room filled up with musicians and fans, guest of honour, sadly soon to be leaving us, David Carnegie took his rightful place at the drum throne spurring the front line on to glory and beyond.
Omid had had a problem retrieving his drum kit from the Bridge so, until the kit finally arrived, Stuart Findon blew some lyrical tenor with Chris Finch on keys John Pope, bass, David Gray, trombone, and Fiona Littlewood on vocal. Harley Johnson and Peter Gilligan also played keys with Harley reprising his now legendary scat fours with Fiona! Ivan Scutt and Colm Rooney were also in their pitching on various numbers.
Lots of young musicians on the jazz scene at present.
Recorda Me featured flautist Sylvie Heath along with Dave Weisser on flugel, Paul Gowland, tenor, a guitarist whose name I didn't catch, John Pope and David Carnegie. Sylvie traded fours impressively with DC.
By the time I had to leave they were still preparing to jam - Claude Werner, Mark Williams, Lindsay Hannon and many more.
A great send off for David.
Hope they all return next week.
Photos
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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