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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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

RIP Ashington Jazz Club

It is with great regret and after lot of thought that I have decided that I must close down the jazz club. It is no longer viable in its present format. The final session will be on the 5th August 2015
3 reasons:-
Falling numbers - half of what we need.
Lack of disabled access.
Several health & safety issues with the venue.
Another time another place? I will give my full support to anyone prepared to take it on
Many thanks for your friendship and support over the last 6 years at the Elephant and 31 years for the club.
Friends in jazz
John

5 comments :

  1. Sorry to hear that John - I know how much work you put in to keep it going.
    Friends in Jazz

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  2. So sad that the club has had to end its run. But many, many thanks to John for keeping it alive for so long, and introducing us to so many different artists / bands that we would almost certainly have missed. Thanks again John.

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  3. Sad news. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication John and Jimmy Charlton before you. It was always much appreciated by the musicians and those who came along - something to be very proud of. Roly

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  4. Sorry to hear that John, and thanks for the gigs at Ashington!!
    Emma

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  5. Very sad news that will leave a large chasm in the heart of northeast jazz & for those of us who love this little oasis of musical escapism.

    PADDY.

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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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