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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.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Deco Heart @ The Lit and Phil. Friday May 18.

Lucian Ban (piano); Mat Maneri (viola).
(Review by Russell).
New York’s Downtown scene offers the listener a seemingly endless choice of first rate musicians to get to know and sometimes love. Romanian pianist Lucian Ban, resident in the Big Apple, first appeared on Bebop Spoken Here’s radar last year when he visited The Sage with his Enescu project. Ban and the stellar line-up of musicians in tow gave a gig of the year performance. One of the string players in the band was viola player Mat Maneri. He was known to north east audiences having visited Newcastle on several occasions.

The opportunity to hear Ban and Maneri together in the drawing room environs of the Lit and Phil was too good to miss. The piano was to Ban’s liking and Maneri commented that it was a joy to play in such a great space. For the most part jazz fans stayed away. Those who did make the effort were duly rewarded. It wasn’t a jazz gig as such, more an improvised chamber music performance; twenty first century contemporary music with jazz elements infused with a subtle blues feel emanating from Ban’s creative piano playing. Maneri is known as an improviser from the ‘out’ school of performers. Playing on the ‘outside’ can be a hit and miss affair but when it works, it is, as they say, ‘something else’. This Lit and Phil performance was ‘something else’! The virtuosity of the musicians was never in question, the only concern was would it work? It worked, it really did. Slow tempo or blisteringly quick, the duo were at the top of their game, frequently swinging it like nobody’s business. The compositions were largely Ban’s - Not That Kind of Blues, Harlem Bliss Out and El Corazon – with one or two from Maneri, and Muhal Richard Abrams’ tune Two Over One. An encore was won – the applause was deafening – and everyone went home happy (some of us went to the pub). A great gig heard by the few. Be there next time.
Russell.

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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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