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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 Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Jazz Rascals launch CD @ Barn Asia

Elaine Binney (vln); Peter Skeen (gtr/vcl); Keith Mills (bs); Jae Brooks (dms).
Have they changed the calender without telling me? They must have done for surely it is New Years Eve? Or so it seems in Barn Asia for Elaine Binney and the Jazz Rascals CD launch.
According to Elaine there are 150 people squeezed into the restaurant and she should know - her dad is on the door!
It's a fun night with the band stretching out on the CD tracks. People are drinking and dining and dancing - even I'm persuaded to shake a limb or two during Watermelon Man! This band is currently so hot they sizzle.
Well known north east guitarist Edd Carr say's he's never heard anything quite like it - stressing  that he is speaking in complimentary tones!
I know what he means. The CD is great but live, even with the inevitable feedback and acoustic hiccups, it is something else again.
Elaine had promised us a surprise guest and we certainly did get a surprise! A scantily clad lady, I didn't catch her name, performing amazing things sitting on a hoop dangling from the ceiling! She sings, I think, Spread My Wings and indeed she spreads more than her wings in various evocotive poses!
A memorable evening catch them when you can and check out the CD.
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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