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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Wednesday April 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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Quiz & Quiche

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society met for the final time this year at Gateshead Central Library to participate in a friendly but fiendishly difficult end of term quiz. Reigning quiz champion Margaret Barnes set the questions and members’ brains were duly engaged and it soon became clear that some – your correspondent’s included – were stuck in first gear.

Your starter for ten: Which actor played Glenn Miller on screen?
And…which musician was known as the Hi De Ho Man? 
And…which pianist has four sons playing trumpet, saxophone, trombone and drums?

Just three of many questions with a total of thirty-five points at stake. At its end, members sat scratching heads, collective brain power all but exhausted, our Quiz Queen enquired if  anyone had achieved a total of  thirty-five points. Looks of incredulity! Twenty-five? Who would get to wear the dunce’s hat? Twenty? Silence. Just as we were about to stand in the corner Ron G piped up: I’ve got seventeen! A winner! The rest were left trailing. Must try harder.

Quiz over, GJAS members tucked-in to a lavish spread. A CD player was at hand. A jazz ‘Christmas’ selection was tolerated – sorry, enjoyed – by all, not least Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby.
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.
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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