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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Tom Harrison to tour Ireland with David Lyttle

Altoist Tom Harrison may be London based but he's appeared in the north east on enough occasions for us to take an interest in his progress. Tom has played at The Bridge with Dagda - a memorable session that included the great American tenor player Jean Toussaint. The sparks flew that evening. There was another evening with Eyes Shut Tight and one with the Paul Baxter Quartet. Add last year's Scarborough Jazz Festival where, as part of the Paul Baxter Orchestra, he traded choruses and fours with Alan Barnes as well as sitting in with James Birkett in between concerts.
So yes we know Tom so that when he emailed me recently I hoped it was to let me know he was coming back up north.
No such luck! However, our loss is Ireland's gain as, next month he embarks on a back to back 14 day tour of Ireland (both north and south) in the company of Irish drum legend David Lyttle. The venues are large and small but I'll bet you a shamrock to a shillelagh they go down a storm and Tom becomes addicted to Poteen and Guinness!
For more details read Tom's article re David Lyttle plus tour dates on .LondonJazzNews
Lance.
PS: Detailed also on LJN is a follow up tour in February 2014. This will include guitarist Jamie Taylor alongside those mentioned. - only thing I can say to this is - the luck of the Irish!

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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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