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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 Thursday October 27.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Gerry Richardson Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Don Forbes Sextet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (ten); Kevin Eland (tpt); Ted Pearce (keys)P; Mark Hawkins (dms). - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth. 7pm (ish). Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's.

Olive Rudd (vcl); Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca); Jim McBriarty (clt.alt); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms).
I always experience a feeling of disappointment when Ray Harley isn't in the front line. However, such is the quality of this band that, after a few numbers and a beer or two, my ears become attuned and the resultant sound is as good as any Dixieland band around.
Today the Maine Street Mob were on a roll after their recent "cruise" aboard the Earl of Zetland - the floating restaurant moored off Royal Quays, North Shields.
Jim McBriarty, recently certified as A1 after his recent health problems blew his socks off on both alto and clarinet. Particularly impressive was his clarinet work alongside Olive on Maxine's How'dja Like To Love Me? - well as for me I'd like it fine (to quote the lyric!).
Jim also sang If I Could Be With You in that winsome deadpan style of his as well as exchanging clarinet and alto choruses with Herbie on harmonica and trombone.
George and Alan were on form as was Mike with his drumming on Coney Island Washboard.
A good session.

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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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