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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.

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 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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