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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Djangologie @ Ashington Jazz Club. October 5.


Jim Birkett and Giles Strong (Guitars); Emma Fisk (Violin) and Mick Shoulder (Double Bass)
"Bonjour et Bonsoir,  Mesdames  et Messieures".
The legacy of the Quintette du Hot Club de France is most surely alive and active on our North East Jazz  Scene and it was with much anticipation that we welcomed the quartet of musicians that make up Djangologie. The influence of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli  is still a musical force throughout Europe.  Now years after the Paris group was formed it has inspired and influenced  local musicians in our region allowing enthusiasts to experience the  music which our wealth of local artistes try to emulate.
Having listened to this evenings concert we have to agree that they are succeeding.   Emma Fisk was a first time visitor to our Club and the first female musician playing a full instrumental part in an ensemble.  We have had the pleasure of a number of female vocalists who have excelled here but not one who played violin throughout an  evening of superb music in this genre.
The programme was a varied selection of Hot Club favourites and a number of original compositions all played with reverence, sympathy and vigour where necessary. I shall list them  here but apologise maybe for some slight imperfections in announcements as my French has never been good and Mick’s Northern/ French  introductions were not easy on my ear.(Sorry Mick about this but you did your best to inform your audience).  This did not detract from the excellence of the concert. Improvisations from all were of the highest quality. The guitars interchanged between improvised melody and rhythm skillfully while the violin soared above the music like the lark in a well known classical piece, and the bass was performed with style.  
Programme:-Coquette, Belle Vile, Django’s Song, Lady be Good, Nuages, Autumn Leaf (?), Why do I Bother, Quick One, Minor Swing, J’Tendrai, Bolero, Beautiful, Till 3, Sheik of Araby, Sinister Drag, Stompin’,Dark Eyes, and In My Quiet Place.
Peter S.
Ashington Jazz Club next meeting at the Elephant will be on
Wednesday, November 2nd.  at 8.30 p.m.
Don Fairley and His Friends of Jazz
SEE YOU THERE.

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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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