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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.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

River City Jazzmen @ Ashington Jazz Club.

Ray Harley (tpt), Gordon Solomon (tmb), Jim McBriarty (clt/alt), Keith Stephen (gtr/bjo), Bill Brooks (bs), Fred Thompson (dms).
We had a smashing night at the Elephant. (A shelf behind the bar collapsed during a number in the second half.) The band kept going while our regular barman Rubin was in a right plight. We have a jazz convert in Rubin - he chats to the younger bands and sometimes buys them a drink. Everyone agreed that the line up last night was perfect. Starting out with more traditional numbers on banjo and clarinet the audience soon go into the swing of things. These were soon replaced by alto and guitar and the band played a balanced programme of classic and mainstream. Ray Harley was faultless in his performance reaching all those high notes. Jim McBriarty did one solo number and Caroline Irwin sang two numbers, one with the band and one with just the rhythm section. Important for all you bloggers out there. Do not miss a rare treat. Ray Harley is with the River Citie Jazzmen at Gateshead Fell (Friday), Mouth of the Tyne (Saturday afternoon) or Whitley Bay Festival (Saturday night).
John Taylor.

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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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