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Bebop Spoken There

June Christy: "We used to say that if Stan [Kenton] had wanted to become President, nobody else would have stood a chance. ''- (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).


Eddie Condon: "Every Kenton record sounds to me as though Stan signed up 300 men for the date and they were all on time." - (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).



Today Friday October 28

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Emma Fisk/James Birkett Duo - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., /Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea – Ushaw College, Nr. Durham DH7 9RH. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
Ruth Lambert/Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Old Glory Jazz Band @ St.Joseph's Birtley. June 2nd

John Crisp (trombone & vocals), Gerry Denning (trumpet & vocals), Gordon McGregor (clarinet, soprano and alto saxophones & vocals), Dave Rae (banjo) & Mac Rae (drums) The Old Glory Jazz Band despatched a raiding party north from the Deep South (aka The Teesside Delta) to stake a claim to Birtley, the Unionist stronghold in the Borough of Gateshead. A Union flag at one side of the stage and a Confederate flag at the other indicated just what to expect from this band of renegades - music straying to and fro the Mason-Dixon Line.
At short notice the front line had enlisted the services of Brothers Rae (banjoist Dave and drummer Mac) and a succession of familiar tunes were despatched in relaxed fashion. China Boy, Apex Blues, Baby Won't You Please Come Home? and Dr.Jazz were just a few first set highlights. Gordon McGregor shone on clarinet, Gerry Denning of Swale Valley Stompers fame played with economy and bandleader John Crisp kept his men in order with a word here and there.
Encouraged to swell the coffers of this veteran outfit with the purchase of some raffle tickets my luck was in with a prize of a rather good bottle of vino. Cheers!
On the resumption the band asked Am I Blue? and if we were trombonist Crisp advised us to Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams. Gordon McGregor's alto on Birth of the Blues was a highlight and on this sweltering evening Birtley's regulars were able to look forward to yet more quality jazz in July (Thusday 7th) with a visit by Brian Carrick.

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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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