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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).

Number 24

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.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Lickety Split @ The Lit and Phil

Conte Candoli (tpt); Frank Rosolino (tmb); Bud Shank (alt); Richie Kamuca (ten); Russ Freeman (pno); Monty Budwig (bs); Barney Kessel (gtr); Shelly Manne (dms).
OK so that wasn't the real line-up but close your eyes and it could have been!
Actually it was Kevin Eland (tpt/flug); Eddie Bellis (tmb); John Hudson (ten); Alan Marshall (alt); Bill Brittain (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Roy Willis (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) who created the illusion that we were hearing  a band from LA when in fact it was pure home grown talent!
Lickety Split have found a niche that was screaming out to be filled. Screaming out to be filled by an audience that neither wanted to be Taken Back to New Orleans nor had any inclination to view life On The Outside.
LS (silly name does nothing to pull the audience they aim at) has some great soloists - each and every one comparable with their LA counterparts. The arrangements are terrific (including a couple by Sunderland's Ray Chester).
The walls of the room are bedecked with portraits of bygone statesmen - dour, unforgiving gentlemen from days of yore (or should it be wor in Newcastle?) frowning upon these musical infidels who dare to infiltrate this holy of holy's. When Kev Eland blew some notes that their current MD Gabriel could only .dream about I swear the portraits smiled.
Archangels Hudson and Marshall descended and promptly took us back to the promised land where jazz and music were once equals. Bellis is a welcome addition to the local trombone ranks and his mic. technique is bumblingly effective - rather like Chris Barber's!
Nice to hear some Roy Willis guitar solos - too long he's been the unsung hero of  many a rhythm section but not tonight - Tonight there was a tide in the affairs of Roy.which, taken at the flood, led on to (musical) fortune; Roy took it at the flood with both hands and a plectrum.
Bass and drums kept it all together - Rudd playing Miles' All Blues could earn him a Maine Street Jazzmen ASBO!
Paul on drums - great.
On a downer, although the Lit and Phil was reasonably well attended, only Russell, Jim McD and myself were from the regular "Jazz Community" - the others being L and P members who probably turn out to support whatever event is being held.
Well, this was the missing jazzers' loss as, not only was the music great but pint bottles of Wylam Ale were only £2.50!
An 8 piece bebop band and beer at £2.50? Roll over Dizzy tell Bird the news.
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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