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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Bebop Spoken Here on hold

As of tonight (November 15) at 21:00 hrs, this site will be temporarily on hold to allow for essential executive maintenance. Some minor activity may be possible during this period and we hope to have normal service resumed as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Lance

Today Thursday November 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Ponyland - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:30pm. Free.

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Mary Coughlan - Queen Vic, 78 Victoria Road, South Shields NE33 5PQ. 0191 447 0290. Doors 7:00pm. £18.00 (advance) from The Word (South Shields Library) or by card, tel 0191 427 4597.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mike had a sense of humour!

The passing of Mike Carr (seen here with guitarist Willie Payne) reminded me of some emails we exchanged a few years ago. His friend Adrian had collated a lot of quotes which Mike hoped would make me laugh as much as they did him.
Well Mike, they certainly did - and still do. Thank You.
Lance.

"Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them." Richard Strauss.
"One of the perks of being an unemployed musician is that you get to play much less bad music." Jack Daney.
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Huxley.
"Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all. Music expresses itself. “Igor Stravinsky.

"Hell is full of musical amateurs." George Bernard Shaw.
"The drummer drives. Everybody else rides!" Panama Francis.
"Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds pretty good and you win. Some days you try and nothing works and the horn wins. This goes on and on and then you die and the horn wins." Dizzy Gillespie on playing the trumpet.
 "Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one." Duke Ellington.
"Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time." Ornette Coleman.
"We never play anything the same way once. “Shelly Manne's definition of jazz musicians.
"Someone who knows how to play the accordion, and doesn't." AI Cohn's definition of a gentleman.
"Music is a very hard instrument." Vido Musso.
"The only tune they play in 4/4 is 'Take Five!"' (unknown-talking about the Don Ellis band).
"If I could play like Wynton (Marsalis), I wouldn't play like Wynton. Chet Baker.
"I'm too old to pimp, and too young to die, so I'm just gonna' keep playin'. Clark Terry.
"A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not to dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves." Herbie Hancock.
"To be a musician is a curse. To NOT be one is even worse. Jack Daney.
"Don't bother to look, I've composed all this already" Gustav Mahler, to Bruno Walter who had stopped to admire mountain scenery in rural Austria. 
"I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve." Xavier Cugat.
"Musicians talk of nothing but money and jobs. Give me businessmen every time. They really are interested in music and art." Jean Sibelius, explaining why he rarely invited musicians to his home.
"Only become.a musician if there is absolutely no other way you can make a living." Kirke Mecham, on his life as a composer.
"I am not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet." Niccolo Paganini.
What is the voice of song, when the world lacks the ear of taste?" Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"Flint must be an extremely wealthy town: I see that each of you bought two or three seats." Victor Borge, playing to a half-filled house in Flint, Michigan.
 "If one hears bad music it is one's duty to drown it by one's conversation. “Oscar Wilde.
"Critics can't even make music by rubbing their back legs together." Mel Brooks.
"Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years." William F. Buckley, Jr. 
"You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow." Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket. 
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds." Mark Twain.
"Berlioz says nothing in his music, but he says it magnificently." James Gibbons Hunekar.
"If a young man at the age of twenty-three can write a symphony like that, in five years he will be ready to commit murder."  Walter Oamrosch on Aaron Copland.
 "There are still so many beautiful things to be said in C major." Sergei Prokofiev.
"I never use a score when conducting my orchestra. Does a lion tamer enter a cage with a book on how to tame a lion?" Dimitri Mitropolous.
 "God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way. “Arturo Toscanini to a trumpet player.
"Already too loud! “Bruno Walter at his first rehearsal with an American orchestra, on seeing the players reaching for their instruments.
"I really don't know whether any place contains more pianists than Paris, or whether you can find more asses and virtuosos anywhere." Frederic Chopin.
 "When she started to play, Steinway himself came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano. “Bob Hope, on comedienne Phyllis DilIer.
 "In opera, there is always too much singing." Claude Debussy.
"Oh how wonderful, really wonderful opera would be if there were no singers!" Giacchino Rossini.
"I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the twentieth century that has made giant strides in reverse." Bing Crosby.
 “A ponderous orchestral absurdity." Frank Zappa on his rock symphony debuted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
"The bottom line of any country is, what did we contribute to the world? We contributed Louis Armstrong." Tony Bennett.
"It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing!" - Duke Ellington.

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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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