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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 Tuesday May 3.

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
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.
Customs House Big Band Open rehearsal - New Crown, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7pm. Free.
Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Jazz @ The Manor House, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough. 8pm. Free.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Jammin' @ The Hoochie

Pete Gilligan (pno) Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Dan Reed (dms) + Richard Burns (tpt); John Pope (bs); Lindsay Hannon, Claire Kelly (vcls); Paul Gowland (ten) and A.N. Others.
(Review by Lance).
Pete's Quartet got the show on the road with some good old bop standards including Bud's Bubble - the intricate unison lines between Pete and Mark, reminiscent of Bird and Diz, are something to behold
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Lindsay, in a red ensemble sang the blues. This was Ms. Hannon (who is here next week with her own band - Lindsay Hannon Plus) in powerhouse mode giving the old blues lines a contemporary feel - the wow factor was high.
John Pope occupied the bass chair and a guitarist whose name I missed also had a blast. On trumpet, a new name to me - Richard Burns, late of Melbourne. Stylistically from the minimalist school of Miles and Chet he impressed on There Will Never Be Another You finishing off with the now legendary Country Gardens quote.
More blues from Claire followed by her, now finely honed, version of Guilty. First chorus seemed to be marginally too low for comfort but by the final chorus it was well and truly nailed - nice one Claire.
Paul Gowland unpacked his tenor to join Claire for Beautiful Love and sent the wowmeter almost into uncharted levels.
This altitudinal mode was maintained when the two horns Leaped In a la Lester - Dan Reed too had his say on this one.
I could have stayed all night but the number 27 beckoned.
Great session.
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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