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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings @ The Sage

Bill Wyman (bs/vcl); Albert Lee (gtr/keys/vcl); Terry Taylor (gtr/vcl); Georgie Fame (org)/vcl); Graham Broad (dms); Beverley Skeete (vcl); Frank Mead, Nick Payn (saxes/hca/vcl); Geraint Watkins (keys); Mary Wilson (vcl).
Bill Wyman may not play a lot of bass these days but he sure knows how to put a band together!
With a programme of about 30 numbers space precludes a listing - suffice to say we had jazz 'n' blues, rock 'n' roll, soul, funk and doowop and probably a few less definable moments such as Georgie Fame singing Just For a Thrill. A wonderful tune, worthy of Tin Pan Alley's finest tune-smiths, it was actually written in the 1920s by Hot Five pianist Lil Armstrong. Georgie stayed 'sweet' for an impressive duo with guest Mary Wilson on Stormy Weather. The former Supreme sang a few hits, had 3 changes of costume and had the audience Dancing in the Street (in the aisles to be precise).
Albert Lee, kicked ass on guitar as did Terry Taylor and both had vocal moments. Talking vocals, Mary Wilson didn't have the monopoly Beverley Skeete too scorched a few songs.
The two sax players strutted and blew all the riffs - Mead played blues harp a la Little Walter and threw in a  "Chuck Walk".
I could go on and on - it was a night to remember as the full Hall One would surely testify.
Lance.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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