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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Saturday April 21


Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening


Pocket Dragon - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham. DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. £7.00. (£5.00. advance).

Ubunye - BURC, Main Street, Spittal TD15 1RD. Tel: 07752 403409. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£5.00. child, £22.00. family).


Groove-a-matics @ Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the be
st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Big Bear Stompers @ Customs House South Shields May 10.

Dave Moorwood (ldr/bjo/vcl); Andy Woon, Tony Davis (tpts); Gavin Lee (clt/sop); Bob Wilson (tmb); Perry Lock (pno); John Arthy (tuba); Andy Crisp (vcl); Judy Eames (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
In the beginning there was King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band in New Orleans, then, 20 or more years later, his music was revived in San Francisco by Lu Waters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band whose re-creation was itself revived by the Big Bear Stompers in the Midlands (UK). in 1989 - they have been stomping ever since or as one of the numbers went, Charlestoning Back to Charleston!
Tonight was rather special for the audience at the Customs House as, depping on clarinet and soprano was Gavin Lee who hails from but a few miles down the coast. This was his first time with the band and he soloed and read the parts (yes music stands to the fore) as if he'd been a founder member!
The two trumpets worked well together their contrasting styles complementing each other. Andy Woon the more flamboyant, Davis a little more restrained but effective in his own way. Bob Wilson slid nicely into the front line and leader Moorwood was full of jollity and banjo and vocal on the aforementioned Charleston number. This really was Goodtime Jazz,
The engine room chomped and stomped, Lock played idiomatic piano, Arthy the tuba, hidden behind the monster supplied the pulse and Crisp did the business, temple blocks and all.
Judy Eames on vocal gave us Squeeze Me, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Gulf Coast Blues, Milenberg Joys, Trouble in Mind - a splendid version of Too Busy and You Ain't the One which featured the horns doing 8s, 4s, 2s, that worked well.
Instrumentals included Irish Black Bottom, C'mon and Stomp, Delta Moon,, Buddy's Habits, Midnight Stomp, Working Man Blues and a Moorwood original, Emperor Norton's Hunch.
It was a good session and if you missed it, catch them at Trinity Church and Centre, Gosforth High Street tonight (Saturday May 11)
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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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