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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jazz Esquires @ Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl/dms); Tony Winder (ten/clt); Terry Dalton (tmb); Roy Gibson (pno); Robin Douthwaite (gtr); Stan Nicholson (bs); Laurie Brown (dms/clt). + Brian Lineham (hca/vcl); Teresa Armstrong (vcl);  George Laing (pno).
One of the best things about going to The Porthole is the Ferry Cross The Tyne. On a clear day like today it is truly inspirational and yet nostalgic as I think back to the days when the shipyards were alive, fishing boats were in abundance and river traffic was plentiful. Today, in fact I noted a container ship leaving the Tyne as well as one entering it (it may have been the same one  returning having forgotten something!)
In the pub it has to be said, the beer wasn't wonderful, my first pint having slept too long overnight in the pipes. Draught Double Maxim was an improvement although I wasn't surprised to see some regulars drinking cans of McEwans' Export.
Still, I was here for the music and not the beer (believe that if you like) and the band kicked off with a couple of Ellington's - It Don't Mean a Thing and I Got It Bad - Miles took the vocals in his inimitable style.
More good tunes in Just Friends, Ain't Misbehavin', Days of Wine and Roses (a work in progress) and On the Sunny Side of the Street.
Interval time and Laurie Brown moved from drums to clarinet whilst Miles moved from trumpet to drums for Stranger on the Shore. I have to say that this was the best version of Stranger on the Shore that I've ever heard played on clarinet by a drummer.
Brian Lineham took to the stage and played and sang a brilliant version of I Love You For Sentimental Reasons. Made my afternoon. He also had a blast on Blue Moon and Over the Rainbow.
Teresa sang Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
George Laing sat in but it was ferry time for me.
The audience were of a certain age - myself included - however, Monica, with whom I shared a table seemed to have survived the ravages of time better than most!
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. "I have to say that this was the best version of Stranger on the Shore that I've ever heard played on clarinet by a drummer."
    Lance,- don't ever change.
    Gordon (still laughing!)

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  2. Never thought of that Lance
    I hope I can keep that up
    A small claim to fame eh!
    Cheers Lance
    Laurie.

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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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