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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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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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