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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Musicians Unlimited @ Park Hotel, Hartlepool. Nov. 13

In the absence of Mick Donnelly the band looked to Ray Dales to lead from the front, select a few tunes and keep the regulars happy. Bill Watson (trumpet and flugelhorn) took the lion’s share of the solos with John Hudson (tenor) and Dales himself (alto) a soloist. Opening with Blueberry Hill the numbers should have come thick and fast. It didn’t quite happen like that with lengthy breaks between tunes as the laid back Dales took time to call the next one. 

The well-drilled trumpet section – with Bill Watson the featured soloist on trumpet and flugelhorn – hit the heights, the trombones – with Don Fairley in the section – strolled through it all and the rhythm section did likewise. The vocalists were absent (they’ll return on Sunday) resulting in Witchcraft being played as an instrumental. The set closer – Strike Up the Band – proved to be just about the best tune of the afternoon.       
Russell   
Musicians Umlimited: trumpet & flugelhorn: Alan Catherall, David Johnson, Kevin Eland, Bill Watson; trombone: Don Fairley, Dave Brock, Helen Grainger, Peter Chester; reeds: John Hudson (tenor), Mark Toomey (tenor), Ray Dales (MD, alto), Caroline Bagley (alto), Ian Bosworth (guitar), Bryn Jones (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass), Tom Chapman (drums) & Ernie Jackson (percussion)

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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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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.)
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