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Bebop Spoken There

Digby Fairweather: (on becoming a full-time trumpet player) "Suddenly comforting, taken-for-granted aspects of my old life - sick pay, holiday pay and the annual bonus - were all gone and, instead, it was time to be haggling over fees, sleeping on floors, travelling on coaches, never trains for economy, always phoning after 6 or at least 12, fearing bills as they came in, I couldn't even get credit at Debenhams." – (Jazz News International Jan/Feb 1989).

Tony Williams: "I said, 'Miles, I mean Mr. Davis, can I sit in with your band?' Miles said, 'Go back, sit down, and listen'. So that was the first time I met Miles ." – (Down Beat, May 1989).

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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival. (July 1 - 3, 2016.)
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com.
Competion is still open so enter to win a prize worth £283 and have a great weekend!
CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1!
Programme Details.

Today Tuesday May 31

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Play More Jazz w. Steve Glendinning - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. 10-week course 4/10. (£140 (£125 for Jazz Coop shareholders).
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Olie Brice Quintet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. JNE Schmazz. £10.00. & £8.00.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Jesmond British Legion Club, next to West Jesmond Metro Station, Newcastle. 8:30pm. £5.00.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Splinter Super Subs @ The Bridge.

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Andy Champion (bs); Graeme Wilson (ten); Mark Williams (gtr); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
Moon Unit had pulled out - perhaps they'd gone to find out what spring is like on Jupiter or Mars - and a collection of the usual suspects assembled under the name of The Splinter Subs gave a scintillating performance.
Although comprising four-fifths of ACV (Paul Edis was missing) this was swinging straight down the middle stuff comprising originals and lesser known jazz pieces. An example of the latter was Andy Champion's take on a Paul Chambers number. Two masters of the bowed bass.
Graeme Wilson played a sumptuous ballad that was his own composition and Mark Williams was pure and simply Mark Williams. Need one say more? To hear Rod Sinclair and Mark on the same day is being totally spoilt! Likewise Paul Smith and Adrian who drove things along with precisionlike technique and no lack of feeling either.
Then there was Zoe who, after Autumn Serenade, sang what may be the best version this century of Cole Porter's I Love You.
It was a good set but I'd had a long day and I reluctantly dragged myself away to catch the number 27.
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.
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