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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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st 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.

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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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