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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 26, 2013

High Bridge Quarter Bank Holiday Special!

This afternoon was quite an extravaganza albeit not jazzwise. The flier boasted "Exquisite Culinary delights from all four corners of the Globe" I'm not sure if globes do have corners but on such a warm sunny day who cared?
I opted for a Hog Roast from the "Piggin' Lush" stall and it certainly was just that. I'm not sure which of the global corners it came from - possibly Hexham. Into the Duke of Wellington for a pint of Prince Bishop to help the hog on its way prior to a set from Static Sound - punkish rock band who jumped up and down and spun around as they played. Full marks for athleticism. More Prince Bishop was needed. A walk into Eldon Square then back to "The Quarter" and a £2 plastic cupful of Ouseburn coffee.
Next up was Jeff Dingle and the Moodswing Trio. The grapevine had whispered that Dingle did Bublé - not today he didn't. 1960's pop a la Bobby Vee and Sam Cooke - Take Good Care of my Baby, Twistin the Night Away and then Mustang Sally. I left as the audience was chanting "Ride Sally Ride". Having said that, it was an entertaining, crowd pleasing performance that, coupled with the food, the beer, the sun and the atmosphere I didn't miss the jazz. It was a fun afternoon and I can't stop singing Mustang Sally!
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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