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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.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ The Punchbowl,Jesmond.May 26th

Last Thursday in the month is a date for the jazz diary as Michael Lamb's Strictly Smokin' Big Band assembles in the lounge of The Punchbowl to run through a few charts in a relaxed public rehearsal. A pint of Black Sheep in hand, propping up the bar listening to a big band was a pleasant way to spend an hour or two.
Rodgers and Hart, Cahn and Van Heusen, George Gershwin, Bricusse and Newley were present... well, in spirit they were, as band vocalist James Hedley sang The Lady is a Tramp, Come Fly with Me, Lady Be Good and Feeling Good. The interpretation of the latter number was clearly influenced by the cracking version recorded by rock band Muse. Sections were drilled by MD and trumpeter Michael Lamb, his fellow trumpeters rode the high Cs and the other horns blew mightily. This was a good night and the next one, note the date, is June 30th (7.00.start). Russell

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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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