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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 03, 2011

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Ashington Leisure Centre Sept. 30

Financial support from  U.K. COAL enabled Ashington Jazz Club to engage the New Century Ragtime Orchestra for an evening in the Bothal Suite of Ashington Leisure Centre.
This unique occasion attracted a capacity audience who were treated to a fine selection of Ragtime Music from early 1900's to 1930's. 
The concert turned out to be of a very professional high standard not only in the music delivered but also by the musicians' appearances and the group presentation on stage resembling the styles of those dancing years.
Each item was duly introduced by Steve Andrews in his own personal and humorous style which encouraged much laughter in the audience as he linked melody to melody. He recounted brief anecdotes which gave the selections life and his historical Jazz information painted an interesting colourful background to the composers and musicians. 
The venue was ideally suited to the needs of the orchestra who delivered over twenty great pieces which were warmly acknowledged by an appreciative audience. 
The composition of the ensemble offered trombone, four saxes/clarinets, Trumpet, cornet,violin, sousaphone, drums, guitar, banjo, ukulele and keyboard all contributing passionately to the various arrangements which were
so realistic of the times. All were so good it would be unfair to comment on an individual for they were all playing a big part on this wonderful experience. In addition to the instruments two members doubled up on vocals and the realism of this evening was enhanced. Everyone worked vigorously during the evening and all should be proud to be part of this band who obviously go together with the arranger like gin and tonic (doubles).          
These competent musicians need no further comment from me and I urge you to look out for their concerts in the future. You will not be disappointed. Our thanks to UK.COAL for allowing this event to take place, a big thank you to the audience who attended, thanks to the Centre staff and to John Taylor who applied a lot of time and effort to bring this night together. Finally our gratitude and best wishes to  the Orchestra and members who gave a us a joyful evening to remember.
REMINDER THE NEXT ASHINGTION JAZZ CLUB MEET IS ON WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 5th AT THE ELEPHANT AT 8.30 P.M  DJANGOLOGIE
Photos.
See you there.
Peter S.

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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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