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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

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

Today June 23

Evening
Paul Skerritt Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7 (£6 in advance).
Box Wallet - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
SouLutions - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £7.
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Hot Club du Nord - Queens Hall, Hexham - SOLD OUT!
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Horace Silverman & the White Gardenias - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. 7:30pm. £7.50.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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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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