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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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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. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Dean Stockdale Quartet @ The Cherry Tree.

Dean Stockdale (pno); Jimi Savage (gtr); Neil Harland (bs); Keith Hill (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
I began my Monday repast with Black Pudding Fritters and Apple Purée - So What? I hear you say which is what I hear the band play.
Stockdale is an able pianist who lists a stint at London's Savoy Hotel on his cv and is certainly a welcome addition to the region's keyboard fraternity. Jimi Savage, the name and the spelling suggest some Neanderthal Hendrix axeman, turned out to be a tasteful player who also operates a guitar studio in Newcastle Arts Centre. Neil Harland, the eternal Man For All Seasons is cucumber cool and Keith Hill did just enough to keep the Way You Look Tonight swinging.

I thought I detected a switch into 3/4 at one stage as my concentration was shifted from the music to my Bavette Steak - medium rare as per the chef's recommendation - with Fries, Garden Salad and Mustard. Bag's Groove certainly cut the mustard before the ageing Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. This was surely the longest ever version of this classic song. To give you an idea, it went on for almost as long as it took me to eat the mountain of fries that arrived with the steak! Having said that, both the music and the fries did go down well.
Blue Bossa then Emily. This now rarely played tune was possibly the best of the night. Sensitive, full of emotion - I wanted to meet an Emily to match the tune. Instead I had Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream which was an almost adequate substitute.
The set finished with a medium blues - one of those numbers you know off by heart but can never put a name to it. This featured Drummer Hill using the palm of his hands before reverting back to sticks.
A good set by a band that is maybe still a work in progress. I look forward to hearing them again.
Lance.

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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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