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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010.

10:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Regals @ Tyne Bar Blues All-Dayer.August 31

Mat Harrison’s all day blues extravaganza featured any number of bands from mid afternoon through to a late night finish. Smokin’ Mat played his set early, leaving the stage clear for others to enjoy the dubious pleasure of top billing. Dubious? The Maling Street Wind Tunnel (outdoor stage) tests the resilience of listeners/drinkers. The Strictly Smokin’ outfit got drenched a couple weeks ago and the weather threatened to close in on Mat’s big do. A pint of Wylam’s Silver Ghost, the BBQ smokin’, the ‘beer garden’ was sparsely populated, the keen in attendance. There was a feeling of ‘end of season’ to the day. The Regals, an experienced four piece – keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, rattled through a blues/soul set of standard material including numbers from the Alberts (Collins and King), Don Covay, Ray Charles and others.  Led by Neil Hunter’s big soulful blues voice, the band’s entertaining set of an hour or so flew by. The sinking sun persuaded your reviewer to make a swift exit. Oh for those sun-drenched days… 
Russell.

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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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