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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 Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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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. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lickety Split & Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. October 19

Dave Weisser invited trombonist Eddie Bellis to bring in his new ensemble to play a few tunes in the welcoming environment of the weekly workshop session Take it to the Bridge at the Chillingham. As the eight piece band arrived in ones and twos Weisser's regular outfit warmed-up with tunes by Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Keyboards man Barrie Ascroft switched to bass guitar duties to accommodate Steve Whitfield, tenor man Dougie Fielder was in attendance as ever, Mark on guitar, drummer Paul Wight put in a long stint and Main Man Weisser blew lots of good flugel. The late set featured vocalist Stacey Swanson on Cry Me a River and Misty with Daniel Tyson offering some tasteful support on guitar, likewise Weisser on flugel.
Lickety Split is a new band assembled by the self-effacing Eddie Bellis to play tunes he and his band-mates have a liking for. What a good idea! Get this lot - Well You Needn't, Mamacita, I'm Beginning to See the Light (the band's signature tune according to Bellis), You Stepped Out of a Dream, Four, Another Three Putt, the list goes on. First class material, from swing to bop, played by a first class outfit. The rhythm section, some of them on loan from the Customs House Big Band, played it relaxed, Basie-style. Veteran pianist Bill Brittain, guitarist Roy Willis, the redoubtable Alan Rudd on electric bass for the occasion and the hard-working Paul Wight behind the kit provided the foundation for the frontline to trade one impeccable solo after another. John Hudson (tenor sax) and Alan Marshall (alto sax) crafted beautiful solos, Bellis too, yet trumpeter Kevin Eland topped the lot with some stratospheric playing in the small upstairs room of the Chilli. The highlight of the evening proved to be so good that on arriving home 'round midnight I took from the shelves the CD Blues and the Abstract Truth to listen once again to Stolen Moments
A couple of hours earlier Lickety Split had given Oliver Nelson's classic tune the most reverential, indeed sublime reading imaginable. Calls for an encore resulted in a round of solos on Horace Silver's Sister Sadie. A great gig from a great band. I can think of a number of venues around the north east who could do worse than book Lickety Split. You're next chance to hear the band is on Wednesday 26th October at the Sage. Six o'clock start, admission free. I for one can't wait.
Russell.

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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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