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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 Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

King Bee @ Hoochie Coochie - Dec. 23

Jason Holcomb (tmb); Richard Burns (tpt); Chris Jelly (vbs); David Wilde (ten/bar/fl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Marco Cafolla (keys); Brendan Murphy (perc); Dan Brady (bs); Paul Crown (dms) + Graham Hardy (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
They had a ball - we had a ball. If this is Xmas? Let's have it every week never mind every year! Hoochie was full of festive cheer, antler adorned 'airstyles, tinsel everywhere even the band added to the glitter with the band manager's missis' sparkly top just outshining Dave Wilde's green waistcoat! Trumpet player Richard confessed he'd spent a fiver on more sparkly stuff most of which was woven around his trumpet - these Aussie's sure know how to push the boat out! Brendan wore an elfish hat and beards abounded (real ones!)
Which only leaves the music.
Manager Les described it as - "It's not jazz and it's not funk"
Who cares? It's funkin' good!
Dave Wilde, despite the waistcoat, blew some wild tenor, baritone and flute. Chris Jelly? Show me a better vibes player. Stevie G - we've heard him many times - he never let's us down. Jason blows trombone like as though he was born with a  silver slide in his mouth. Brendan (he can make a triangle swing!), Richard, Dan, Paul - you're the top. Throw in former band member Graham Hardy for a couple of numbers, Marco on keys and the Wow factor is plenty high on the Richter scale!
Band of the Year? Venue of the Year? Party of the Year?
No contest!
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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