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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Friday May 6

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Evening
Dave Rae's Levee Ramblers - Community Hall, Albion Tce., Saltburn TS12 1NN. 7:30pm. £10.
Anth Purdy - The Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead. 8pm. Free..
Zoe Gilby/Mark Williams - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Stone Foundation - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £8.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sean Noonan’s Bourne to Brew @ The Bridge. April 15

Sean Noonan (drums & vocals) & Matthew Bourne (keyboards)
The Bridge Hotel’s audience first visited the weird world of Brooklyn drummer/vocalist Sean Noonan some twelve months ago and this year’s excursion promised more strange tales of landladies and silkies. Once again Noonan drew heavily on his 2010 CD release Set the Hammer Free. Classics – one hearing confers ‘classic’ status – such as the scary Drunkard Landlady and the heroic Legend of John Henry had the audience laughing out loud all the while agog at the brilliant musicianship of Noonan and Matthew Bourne (keyboards). Pecos Bill (howl like a coyote Noonan!) and Silkie from the Sea confirmed what many of us suspected to be the case…Noonan is bonkers!
Resting his larynx, the New Yorker challenged Bourne to a bout of instrumental improv. Last year’s match-up was won, as conceded by Noonan, by Brit Bourne and this re-match couldn’t separate them. Perhaps next time – if agreement can be reached over respective purses – it could be televised live (pay per view?). Sean Noonan in concert is an experience. Get in training now and be ready to take on all Noonan can throw at you. One thing is for certain – Noonan will be up in the mountains right now preparing for his return to the Bridge Hotel. 
A Jazz North East & Splinter presentation. 
Next week’s Splinter session features the Redemption Quartet.
Russell.

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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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