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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ruth Lambert Trio w. Graham Hardy @ Blaydon Jazz Club (Black Bull) August 18.


Ruth Lambert (vcl); Graham Hardy (tpt/flg); Mick Shoulder (bs); Giles Strong (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
A delightful vignette - it was almost like being in church the respectful silence that was shown during the numbers. Apart from occasional, tentative, rounds of applause after solos. the appreciation was withheld until the tune was over when right hand and left hand struck each other mightily and repetitively.
Ruth was in good voice tonight.
Let's Do It, Detour Ahead, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Invitation,  I'm Old Fashioned, Bonnie Raitt's great blues number Love me Like a Man with Hardy plungering and growling like he was in 1930's Harlem and Goody Goody (1936 Ruth - Johnny Mercer and Matty Malneck) made for a strong first set.
We didn't win the raffle - but to hear such classy songs, sung and played so well, transcended bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates!
You and the Night and the Music opened up the second set followed by I Fall in Love Too Easily. A cracking song that well deserved Ruth's Chet Baker reference but, let's not forget that, it was Mr Sinatra who sang it first time round in the film Anchors Aweigh. Blue Skies was a gentle swinger and Teach Me Tonight just a great song.
Time for Mick Shoulder to grab a bit more of the limelight as he and Ruth did a vocal/bass version of I'm in the Mood For Love - it had Julie London written all over it. Great voice great double bass.
Next up my favourite bossa Agua De Beber. This one saw the dancing couple take to the floor and their stylish movements added a little something extra to the evening.
Willow Weep For Me, That Old Feeling, a sensitive Angel Eyes and then it was time to call it a Night and Day.
It was just lovely, Ruth's delicate air, not constricted by drums and piano simply floated. Hardy, very much in Chet mode tonight hit the lyrical valve - sure there were moments of passion but, overall, he was playing cool.
Shoulder's bass, the pivotal person in the band, was sound as a pound in  support and melodic and meaningful in his solos.
Giles Strong! What tasteful guitar solos! For one night he has escaped from The Bastille like confines of playing hot club rhythm guitar - a role, incidentally, he also performs brilliantly.
Very enjoyable.
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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