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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).


Today Sunday October 23

Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Giles Strong (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
More Jam – The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free. All welcome to blow.
Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet - Blaydon Jazz Club, Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £7. *****
Baghdaddies - Trimdon Colliery & Deaf Hill WMC Club, TrimdonTS29 6AJ. 7:30pm. £3.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Three Tenors are in Town!

Suddenly we're surrounded by tenors - not the Neapolitan variety who serenade fat ladies but really classy saxophonists.
It began at Blaydon last night with Swedish Saxo-Prima Lennart Andersson. Lennart is at the Cherry Tree on Monday night and this gig is an absolute must for those who like their jazz on the marginally cooler side and their food served at just the right temperature.
Tomorrow (Saturday) has John Hallam at Gosforth's Trinity Centre - John also packs some baritone and clarinet heat.
Sunday sees Claude Werner, Chile's finest export, at The Bridge Hotel.
Yes a weekend of Wimbledonian quality (tenors/tennis - get it?)
To miss but one of these gigs will leave you reflecting on the 'What might have been...'
Trust me on this one!
PS: And, whilst we're talking tenors, Colin Aitchison sent me this clip of the legendary George Evans - performing in the twilight of his years - with the Arthur Mowatt Big Band at the Corner House, Heaton back in 1984 (ish). The tune is Moonlight in Vermont and although it is a slightly lugubrious performance (I wish I could be that lugubrious!) the arrangement is good and George's harmonics at the end reach out into piccolo territory!

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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.)
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