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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Triple Treat Today. Lindsay Hannon and Two Hannahs

Hannah and the Narrators: Hannah Rickard - Vocals Tim Bloomer - Guitar David Cantlay - Bass Dominic Snaith - Keyboard Robbie Houston - Drums.
Acting on an impulse I hopped off the number 27 as it passed the Central Bar and caught and earful of Hannah and her Narrators which turned out to be a good call. Hannah hollers handsomely. Moondance, Love Me or Leave Me, My Baby Just Cares For Me and Stormy Monday were the numbers I heard. Guitar and keyboard played excellent solos the latter is a two handed player although, strangely, he rarely uses them together! Nevertheless it was effective.. They'll be rockin' Hoochie                                    on Thursday.
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Over to the Jazz Café for a superb set from Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Alan Law (pno); Paul Grainger (bs) and "James from California" (dms).
Lindsay was in good voice - isn't she always? - delighting the intimate audience with They Can't Take That Away From Me, Let's Fall in Love, Blue Hotel Room, That Old Feeling and Nature Boy. Alan on piano soloed and supported superbly with Paul and James, a young Californian who'd just wandered in, keeping it all together.
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Chameleon: Stuart Johnson (ten/sop); Gary Boyle (gtr); Avril Greenhow Parker (keys); Dave Turner (bs/bs gtr); Tim Franks (dms); Hannah Fuller (vcl).
Today's Splinter @ The Bridge featured Jazz/Rock/Fusion straight out of the 1970's - think Nucleus, Paraphernalia, Dick Heckstall-Smith and you get the picture. However, this was no time-warp situ Chameleon have planted their past very firmly into today. Johnson - surely the world's tallest tenor - unleashes sheets of sound that  create almost unbearable tension whilst Boyle releases it with some quite lyrical playing. A surprise second set guest was vocalist Hannah Fuller - two Hannahs in one day! - who sang Street Life. The Crusaders' number fit in well with the style of the band and I'd liked to have heard more but the legendary number 27 bus was due...
Next week ACV.
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.
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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