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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. 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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Customs House Big Band. Open rehearsal @ The New Crown Hotel South Shields. Tuesday May 1

Peter Morgan MD & bass trombone. Jill Brett, Elaine Willis, Alan Marshall, Leanne Todd, Chris Karberry, Saxes. Paul Riley Gledhill, Michael Lamb, Ken DeVere, Kevin Eland, trumpets. Chris Kurji Smith, Gareth Weaver, Michael Fletcher, trombones. Bill Brittain, keyboard, Alan Smith, bass guitar, Roy Willis, guitar, Dave Francis, drums. Ruth Lambert, vocal.
It was a cold nor'easter blowing from the sea and it wasn't much warmer inside the New Crown but the band were rehearsing Maynard Ferguson's Coconut Champagne, which took the chill out of the air, following this with Gordon Goodwin's Count Bubba's Revenge, both tunes having some tricky passages.
The concert set started with Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue, Ms. Lambert gave us Cheek To Cheek even though she was feeling the cold. Lead Alto Jill Brett was featured on Harlem Nocturne followed by Ruth who sang (optimistically) Summertime. The band swung out with Have You Met Miss Jones and Ruth raised the temperature with Peggy Lee's Fever and the band did Witchcraft. The set finished with Ruth and The Man I Love, (not literally) and the band taking it out with C Jam Blues and solos from all sections. It is a feature of this band that the jazz solos are always of a high standard.
Re the cold, Ruth's performnce with her coat on and off reminded me of the folk club at the Bridge about fifty years ago when Jack Elliott of Birtley announced that "as Gerald Moore is busy I'll sing accompanied by cloth cap and muffler" which he did.
A final thought where are all the big band fans around the South Shields area? they don't know what they are missing.
Miles

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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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