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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Douglas, trumpeter & podcaster: “The first suggestion was, “Can you get Kenny G on the show?” And I thought, that would be great. I don’t think Mr. G would do it, but boy, I would welcome that opportunity.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "Before we criticise the milestone for walking we should compare it with the milestones that stand still" - (Daily Telegraph March 9, 1968).

Today Wednesday November 25

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Alice Grace w. Pete Gilligan Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Take it to the Bridge Jazz Workshop - |The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Christmas with the Rat Pack - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £29.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's.

Olive Rudd (vcl); Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca); Jim McBriarty (clt.alt); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms).
I always experience a feeling of disappointment when Ray Harley isn't in the front line. However, such is the quality of this band that, after a few numbers and a beer or two, my ears become attuned and the resultant sound is as good as any Dixieland band around.
Today the Maine Street Mob were on a roll after their recent "cruise" aboard the Earl of Zetland - the floating restaurant moored off Royal Quays, North Shields.
Jim McBriarty, recently certified as A1 after his recent health problems blew his socks off on both alto and clarinet. Particularly impressive was his clarinet work alongside Olive on Maxine's How'dja Like To Love Me? - well as for me I'd like it fine (to quote the lyric!).
Jim also sang If I Could Be With You in that winsome deadpan style of his as well as exchanging clarinet and alto choruses with Herbie on harmonica and trombone.
George and Alan were on form as was Mike with his drumming on Coney Island Washboard.
A good session.

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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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