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Bebop Spoken There

Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Saturday October 22


Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devenport Hotel, Middleton One Row, Nr. Darlington. 1:30pm. Free.


Mark Williams (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Zoe Gilby/James Harrison - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 0191 2331010.

At the Jazz Band Ball - The Exchange, 1 Howard St., North Shields, NE30 1SE. 0191 2584111. 7pm. £10. Rae Brothers New Orlean Jazz Band; No Time For Jive; Rendezvous Jazz.

The Regals - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.


CANCELLED! Students and 20s & 30s present ‘Jazz Night’ - Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. CANCELLED!


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

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dewy-eyed update.

Talking with Valerie and Jim at today's Fenner sisters gig conversation got around to the currently popular Dewy-eyed postings.
Jim, who was my best man, reminded me that as we awaited the arrival of the taxi to 'get me to the church on time' we filled the time in by jamming on Sir Charles Thompson's "Robbins' Nest". So, with such a pedigree I feel I should get dewy-eyed over "Robbins' Nest" at the expense of "Thanks For The Memory". Thanks for the Memory, Jim!
Not to be outdone, Jim's wife, Valerie, who also happened to be Marlene's bridesmaid, reminded me that, before we were married, she and Marlene were on holiday and M brought me back a 45 of Sinatra singing "I've Got A Crush On You". So I guess it is goodbye to "The Way You Look Tonight".
At least TWYLT is still in the game thanks to Ms. Anonymous who e'er she be.


  1. What a great pic, just goes to show how important music was to you even on your wedding day..I'll bet that's a pic of your mum on the wall behind you!

  2. Actually Liz, the picture is, I think, either Bach or Beethoven. It was, after all, her house. If it had been mine it would have been Charlie Parker or Dizzy Gillespie!

  3. Oh sorry, no disrespect to your mum, Bach or Beethoven...she sure had taste, but then I know she was a highly respected teacher of classical music


  4. It's all coming back to me now - 46years later - the picture on the wall is of Mozart.


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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.
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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.)
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