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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Margaret Barnes - Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday June 6

12pm: Fellside Methodist Church, Ancaster Rd. (Fellside Rd.), Whickham NE16 5BQ

1pm: Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Rd. South, Gateshead NE9 6DT

Donations in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie Hospice.

Rest In Peace.

Today Monday May 29

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, Stocksfield NE43 7AE. 2pm. Northumberland County Show event.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Evening.
Not Cancelled! Gilad Atzmon & Paul Edis - Now at Ware Rooms, 17 Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UQ. 7:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Mama Mia & Broadway Melody - Jazz @ The Fell

Mia Webb (vcl), Iain McCaulay (tmb/tpt/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt/ten), Brian Chester (pno), John Hallam (bs), Ollie Rillands (dms).
This week has been, in my life, a singer's week culminating tonight with Mia Webb strutting her stuff with Broadway Melody. No airs and graces just straight down the middle songs from the 'Jazz Age' - give or take a few years.
"Mean To Me", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Goody Goody", "Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" and a song new to me - "Eeny, Meeny, Miny Mo", a splendid Johnny Mercer/Matty Malneck tune from 1935, to mention but a few.
Mia knows how to carry a tune and she does it with panache - not a scatted syllable in earshot!"
Broadway Melody lived up to their name with tunes, many of which may well have emanated from the 'Great White Way,' mixed in with jazzers such as "C Jam Blues" and "Royal Garden Blues".
During "The Saints" the ladies unfurled their brollies and provided a colourful spectacle.
As well as his usual 'on the money' trombone playing Iain also blew trumpet on the "Saints."
Very pleasant evening.
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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