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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. 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, February 09, 2014

Alter Ego @ Ashington Jazz Club. February 5

Andy Hawking (Roland Key Board), Tony Abell (Bass),  Keith Robinson (Alto. Sax.), Dave Hignett (Tpt. Flugel.), Niall Armstrong (Ten. Sax. Flute), Dave Francis (Drums).
(Review by Peter S.)
The AJC reopened, after a winter break, with Alter Ego. The members arrived in force if a little apprehensive realising this would be a new experience for them as many would
not have listened to this West Coast Modern Jazz style.
The Band exploded onto our stage with Set 1 and the applause after the first number established their approval. We enjoy a variety here and acknowledge quality musicianship and control. The instrumentalists were brilliant and delivered great music with style and panache. We were quickly aware that this was a much together and gifted unit who were more than comfortable in this chosen genre. The arrangements were slick and organised  and the interplay of the front line was exceptional, while the rhythm department established its importance within the group. All had the opportunity to present themselves  as soloists and establish their mastery of each instrument. Our audience gave a positive response and it was obvious that this group had our
respect and acceptance. Alter Ego will have successfully drawn attention to the place this jazz style has in the development of the music. See this band at their next gig. You will not be disappointed. I recommend Alter Ego to you.
Cheese Cake, In Walked Horace, Coastal Breeze, Swinging Low, Karita, Nice and Easy, Little Man, Soulful Mr. Timmons, Hit and Run, All the Things You Are, Wheel Within a Wheel, Think of   One, Zee Kay 30, Get Back in, A bittadose.... and more.
AJC next meeting March 5th. The Elephant at 8.00 p.m. Brian Carrick and His Band.
See you there.
Peter S.

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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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