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Bebop Spoken There

Kirk Knuffke: “When I moved to New York, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t getting any work because I was a trumpet player. I was only getting work because I was me.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Friday November 27

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Ruth Lambert/Paul Edis - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle.4:30pm. Free.
Manjula - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £6/£5 (in advance) 0191 2229882.
Keith Morris CD/DVD Launch - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. Free. 6pm.
Caro Emerald! - City Hall, Northumberland Rd., Newcastle. 7pm. £47/£34.50/£24.50.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Jazz Café Sunday Oct 23.

An afternoon/early evening of surprises with some rare, probably never to be repeated moments like the opening number.
This had Pete Gilligan on piano and Andy Champion on bass and hi-hat simultaneously culminating in an exchange of fours between piano and hi-hat!
Ray Burns (pictured) grabbed some of the action on Bouncing With Bud before Mrs Champion (Zoe Gilby) chipped in with Wave and Makin' Whoopee by which time Ray had switched to accordion, Mark Williams had appeared and Andy went onto drums!
The Champion clan left for The Bridge to be replaced by Lindsay Hannon - fresh from her successful gig at The Sage - who opened up with How Long Has This Been Going On before going into a beautiful version of These Foolish Things with simpatico piano from Pete. Night in Tunisia, My Funny Valentine had Sarah Travena on soprano and, as I left for The Head of Steam, Alan Law arrived and Lindsay was in Bessie Smith mode for Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.

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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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