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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 06, 2017

RIP Misha Mengelberg

(Photo by By Seth Tisue - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2947337)
Misha Mengelberg, the father figure of Dutch improvisers passed away on March 3. Pianist, composer and artist, Mengel was co- founder of the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra in Amsterdam some 50 years back. His death, after some years of Alzheimers adds a touch of poignancy to this year's GIJF,
On Saturday afternoon (April 1) the film Misha and So On is shown in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall whilst later, in the evening, the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra give a concert in conjunction with Jazz North East. This is also in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall.
Prior to the festival and running through it from March 13 to April 14 is an exhibition of Mengelberg's art. This is on the level two balcony and, I would suggest, is a must see event.
Misha Mengelberg was 81 and missed by many.
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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