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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 Friday February 12

Afternoon
Andrea Pattison/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free. 4:30pm.
Graeme Wilson Quartet - Gala theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Evening
Not Now Charlie/Saxophonics - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £5/£3 (conc), 9pm.
Northern Monkey Brass Band - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £5. 8pm.
Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - Queen's Hall, Hexham NE46 3LS. £10. 8pm. 01434 652477.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
Anth Purdy ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ - Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead. NE8 2BA. 8:00pm. Free.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Long Goodbye Part One.




This was both a joyous day and a sad one. Joyous, because of the wonderful music played and the many who turned out to celebrate Keith's life and contribution to the city's culture. Sad, because of the realisation that we would never meet his like again.
2pm, they were queuing to get in. Long before the eventual finish some seven hours later the bar had been drunk dry. Fortunately, the music remained on tap until the final Blue Monk from the Safe Sextet (7 of them on this occasion).
There was so much good jazz played that it ill becomes me to name a favourite, suffice to say we all had our own particular fave and I doubt if we'd all agree anyway! However, having said that, Thanks must be paid to Pete Gilligan and Lindsay Hannon who put it all together and worked tirelessly throughout the day.
So, a great big thanks  to everyone who made a crowded room very happy and honoured the memory of a  unique person.
And, remember, this was just the first set. The second set takes place a week tomorrow (January 14) after the funeral, in The Town Wall pub opposite the Jazz Café.
The above photo was taken by Kaveh Emami and show some of the many musicians and bar staff who worked at the Jazz Café over the years.
Lance.
PS: January 14, the horse drawn hearse leaves the Jazz Café at 9:30am prompt for the 10am service at St Thomas's Church in the Haymarket. After a family burial where Keith is laid to rest next to his parents, the wake takes place in the Town Walls Pub, Pink Lane.

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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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