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Bebop Spoken There

Rex Stewart: "Screwy chords and modern harmonies may be exciting to play, but they will never be bread-and-butter-music." - (Melody Maker April 24, 1948. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Vasilis Xenopoulos: “I like playing jazz that has form, and structure. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and I like it.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Sunday July 5

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly - Today's the day!.
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BAGHDADDIES Plus - Cumberland Arms, James Place St., Byker. 12 noon. Free.
All-day extravaganza with lots of bands and booze!
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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JAMES HARRISON - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 4pm-7pm.
Sundays are now solo piano with earlier start.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
A jam aimed at encouraging the less experienced player giving listeners a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly - Back July 12.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Back on July 26.
Evening.
COLIN AITCHISON FRANCO VALUSSI and STEVE ANDREWS - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Tonight an Extra Night!
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - The Globe, Railway St.,NewcastleNE4 7AD. £5. 7pm.
Last Sunday in the month series featuring local trad bands. (NOTE EARLY START!) Back July 26.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Brasserie Hudson Bay,Windward Way, Middlesbrough TS2 1QG. Tel: 01642 261186. 7:30pm Free. Last Sunday in month - plus guests. Back July 26
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back July 26.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

San Sebastian Jazz Festival 1972 - Newcastle Big Band.

Phil Doggett who played baritone with Newcastle Big Band on their 1970's trips to the San Sebastian Jazz Festival uncovered these rare photos in his loft and passed them on to me via David Brown who was the tenor player furthest left (Charlie Carmichael and myself were the other tenors along with Nigel Stanger on alto.
Also present was Trumpet player Dave Saville who died late last year, John Pearce and Alan Gibb but none of us who are still alive could initially remember the name of the trumpet player standing tall at the back.
Jacky Denton (dms); Lance Liddle, Charlie Carmichael (ten); Phil Doggett (bar); Nigel Stanger (alt); Dave Brown (ten). Steve Gibbs, John Pearce, Alan Gibb, Dave Saville (tpts). Gordon Solomon, Bob King (tmbs); Andy Hudson (pno) and Ian Heslop (bs) are not shown.
Lance.

6 comments :

  1. One thing I remember re San Sebastian was a pre-festival reception and someone, probably, Andy Hudson said, "Lance, I'd like you to meet Horace Parlan"
    Last week I was selling his Blue Note albums and here I was shaking hands with him. Parlan was pianist with the Clark Terry Big Band who were amazing. and included Grady Tate on drums, Richard Williams in the trumpet section and a whole lot more. Great times.
    Talking trumpets, the unidentified Newcastle Big Band trumpet player was Steve Gibbs.

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  2. I'm from Spain. In my country exist the theory that in this concert the bass player was Sting. Apparently in this point Ian Heslop was separate from NBB. Can anyone confirm this información?.

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  3. I was on that gig and the bassist was definitely Ian Heslop. Sting joined later and came to San Sebastian with the group Last Exit. Circa 1974/75.
    Lance.

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  4. Thanks Lance!!!!. The official page of the Festival present the same mistake. It's so sad that in the picture can't recognize the face of the bass player. I'll write it to them, hope they believe me. The font can't be more safety. Thanks!!!!!.

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    1. I added a link to the original March 13 post linking to a San Sebastian photo from the same year showing Ian Heslop in the centre of the picture at the rear of the group. This picture came from a Spanish newspaper La Voz de Espana.

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  5. Hello Lance. This site is great for Jazz lovers. I'd need to contact with Andy Hudson, the leader of NBB for a work of investigation about the Spain concerts in San Sebastian Jazz Festival. Hope you could help me Lance.

    Thanks!!!!!.

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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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