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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some days you just can't lose! Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie's.

Olive Rudd (vcl); Herbie Hudson (tmb); Jim McBriarty (alt/clt); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms);
George Rico played Misty - the string synth producing a Jackie Gleason effect, Herbie added some soulful harmonica and the couple pictured danced...
A nice end to an afternoon that began with Herbie, safely home after being held hostage by his family in Turkey, got the show on the road with Rose Room. Herbie, who favours that plumber's nightmare the Bb/F trombone, handled the beast with his normal efficiency growling to great effect in a manner not unlike the MGM lion.
He's a fine player.
Olive, at various points during the afternoon, warbled I'm Crazy 'Bout my Baby, You Can Depend on me, The Best Things in Life Are Free - and maybe they are as I won a bottle of Chardonnay in the raffle! - and Jeepers Creepers.
Herbie chipped in with I Can't Believe That You're in Love With me and some wag said, "Neither can I!"
Jimmy Mack sang Smiles as well as blowing alto a la the great '30s saxman Charlie Holmes.
It was a good afternoon that included bowls of chips among the bar snacks.
Prior to the session I'd called in to South Shields' Library where the book sale in the music dept included a host of jazz books. I opted for Oscar's A Jazz Odyssey although, given that the selection included items on/by Bill Evans, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank, Humph, Benny Green, Nat Hentoff, Ronnie Scott and the original Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, to mention but a few, it wasn't an easy choice - and all at 80p each (hardback)!
A book of verse, a jug of wine and chips - this had been a good day!
Lance.
PS: The music and the company wasn't bad either!

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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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