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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 Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
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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