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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Betty Bennett: “I've never sung "Funny Valentine"--my only claim to fame.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Today Wednesday December 2

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
BABMUS (BA & BMus students cross course band) - Sage Gateshead. 1pm.
Mark Williams - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Alan Glen Trio/Take it to the Bridge Jazz Workshop - |The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:00pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe. 9pm. Free.
Jools Holland's R & B Orchestra - City Hall, Newcastle. £36/£29.50. 7:30pm.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Playing with the Bright Street Big Band at a tea dance today with the lovely Brenda Sokell doing the vocals was a special experience.
During the interval the inevitable stories abounded. Pianist Dick Straughan is about six foot eleven and his stories are even taller although this one sounds believable.
Old peoples home. Manageress announces that next weeks entertainment will be a live band and a pie and pea supper. She then asks if anyone has any questions?
One old lady said, "Mince or steak and kidney?"

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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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