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Bebop Spoken There

Billie Holiday: “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.– (Down Beat November 1, 1939).

Bunny Berigan: “We know that there are plenty of swing fans in the country wanting it--and we propose to give it [swing] to them.– (Down Beat May, 1938).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Thursday February 11

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Mark Toomey (alto) Jeff Aucott (keys); Gus Smith (vcl); Kevin Eland (tpt) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free. 9pm.
Havana Style Cuban Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free - come along and shake your maracas!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

New Brunswick Battle of the Blues reaches last stage - London final at The Garage, Highbury in London, on 27 March

New Brunswick Battle of the Blues – the search for the UK’s best original and unsigned blues talent – is nearly at its climax.  The final is at The Garage, Highbury, on 27 March and will include a line-up of Chris James from Carlisle (winner of the North West heat), Paint It Blue from Bournemouth (winners of the South West heat), Little Devils from London (winners of the South East heat) and The Groove-A-Matics from Gateshead (winners of the North East heat).  The nation’s favourite runner up is How Askew from Newcastle.
Doors open at 7pm with the first act on stage at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 in advance from Ticketweb or HMV Tickets, or £10 on the night. For more information about the competition and the province of New Brunswick, visit www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk.All proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales will be donated to a charity, which will be announced on the night.
(Good to see the North East doubly represented - Haway The Lads! - 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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