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Bebop Spoken There

Georgie Fame: “Those black American GI’s were just the hippest guys in the world. They’d bring records and of course you couldn’t get them anywhere else.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).


Today Tuesday October 6

Bell and Bucket Band - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 23 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band Open Rehearsal - New Crown, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7:30pm. Free.
Evan Christopher's Django à la Creole - Sage Gateshead. 8:pm. £17.50/£15.50.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Advanced Jazz Course - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6pm.
Ian Bosworth - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jazz Esquires @ Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl/dms); Tony Winder (ten/clt); Terry Dalton (tmb); Roy Gibson (pno); Robin Douthwaite (gtr); Stan Nicholson (bs); Laurie Brown (dms/clt). + Brian Lineham (hca/vcl); Teresa Armstrong (vcl);  George Laing (pno).
One of the best things about going to The Porthole is the Ferry Cross The Tyne. On a clear day like today it is truly inspirational and yet nostalgic as I think back to the days when the shipyards were alive, fishing boats were in abundance and river traffic was plentiful. Today, in fact I noted a container ship leaving the Tyne as well as one entering it (it may have been the same one  returning having forgotten something!)
In the pub it has to be said, the beer wasn't wonderful, my first pint having slept too long overnight in the pipes. Draught Double Maxim was an improvement although I wasn't surprised to see some regulars drinking cans of McEwans' Export.
Still, I was here for the music and not the beer (believe that if you like) and the band kicked off with a couple of Ellington's - It Don't Mean a Thing and I Got It Bad - Miles took the vocals in his inimitable style.
More good tunes in Just Friends, Ain't Misbehavin', Days of Wine and Roses (a work in progress) and On the Sunny Side of the Street.
Interval time and Laurie Brown moved from drums to clarinet whilst Miles moved from trumpet to drums for Stranger on the Shore. I have to say that this was the best version of Stranger on the Shore that I've ever heard played on clarinet by a drummer.
Brian Lineham took to the stage and played and sang a brilliant version of I Love You For Sentimental Reasons. Made my afternoon. He also had a blast on Blue Moon and Over the Rainbow.
Teresa sang Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
George Laing sat in but it was ferry time for me.
The audience were of a certain age - myself included - however, Monica, with whom I shared a table seemed to have survived the ravages of time better than most!


  1. "I have to say that this was the best version of Stranger on the Shore that I've ever heard played on clarinet by a drummer."
    Lance,- don't ever change.
    Gordon (still laughing!)

  2. Never thought of that Lance
    I hope I can keep that up
    A small claim to fame eh!
    Cheers 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.
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