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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Budtones @ The Bridge

Fiona Littlewood (ten/vcl); Stuart Findon (ten); Harley Johnson (pno); Jim Crinson (bs); Tim Mills (gtr); Eric Stutt (dms).
The latest Splinter offering saw two tenors blazing into The Message was this the new New Couriers? I could have been excused for thinking so because the sound was very much reminiscent of Tubbs and Ronnie's band of yore. No this was Budtones the band spawned from the late Budvivar.
After The Message I'd have happily settled for an evening of instrumentals however, Fiona isn't just an attractive tenor player but also an emerging singer who sounds better by the minute and the rest of the evening was mainly vocal based although not without an abundance of solos.
Stuart Findon is one of the best tenor players around with a bold, robust sound that contrasts nicely with Fiona's more gentile approach. Good to hear Harley "Thelonious" Johnson once more - I guess he's been in the woodshed honing his skills. Tim Mills, on guitar, had some fine solos - most notably on Secret Love - whilst The rhythm section gave a lesson in dynamics on the same tune.
A program of originals and standards that included a torchy vocal on You Don't Know What Love is, an unusual take on My Funny Valentine, Stella by Starlight, a rocking Stu's Blues and Notology. The latter tune so titled because it wasn't a bebop riff if that makes sense!
Enjoyable.
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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