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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).


Campbell Burnap: "Once the cart-horse of solo instruments it [trombone] is now up with the cheetah." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 3).


Today Wednesday October 26

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Lindsay Hannon Plus - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Splinter Super Subs @ The Bridge.

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Andy Champion (bs); Graeme Wilson (ten); Mark Williams (gtr); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
Moon Unit had pulled out - perhaps they'd gone to find out what spring is like on Jupiter or Mars - and a collection of the usual suspects assembled under the name of The Splinter Subs gave a scintillating performance.
Although comprising four-fifths of ACV (Paul Edis was missing) this was swinging straight down the middle stuff comprising originals and lesser known jazz pieces. An example of the latter was Andy Champion's take on a Paul Chambers number. Two masters of the bowed bass.
Graeme Wilson played a sumptuous ballad that was his own composition and Mark Williams was pure and simply Mark Williams. Need one say more? To hear Rod Sinclair and Mark on the same day is being totally spoilt! Likewise Paul Smith and Adrian who drove things along with precisionlike technique and no lack of feeling either.
Then there was Zoe who, after Autumn Serenade, sang what may be the best version this century of Cole Porter's I Love You.
It was a good set but I'd had a long day and I reluctantly dragged myself away to catch the number 27.

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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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