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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 Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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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 12, 2012

Lyndsay Hannon Plus at Hoochie Coochie Thursday May 10

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Alan Law (pno); John Pope (bs); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Ann Alex).
How do I write a review of a gig performed by my jazz-singing class teacher?  Such a task could be embarrassing, but there’s no problem with this band because I knew they’d be good and they were, (and then some, as Lance would say)!
Some of the band had come straight from other commitments, such as work, but they zoomed into jazz mode with no messing about, beginning with an inventive chorus of There’ll Never Be Another You’, complete with keys and bass solos and introductions of the band members from Lyndsay.  How she manages to sing miles away from the original tune and yet still connect with it is an enviable skill, intriguing to listen to.  
The mood of the set was then indicated by the Joni Mitchell song which followed, showing that there would be far more than gasbook material tonight.  This song included a delicious bass solo and some lovely bowing to finish with.  An unusual, yet confident, zippy, fast version of The Very Thought of You preceded  a heartfelt The End of  a Love Affair.  By now we were in a bluesy mood, and so came The St. Louis BluesI Hate to See The Evening Sun Go Down etc., with Alan on keys giving us rich groaning bluesy riffs.
Other numbers included a gentle-voiced Old Fashioned Hat; and So Long Bigtime; (all about gambling); a creepy slinky version of The Doors song Spy; In Walked Bud; Nature Boy; Burgundy Sky; and the final number What a Little Moonlight Can Do; with a neat tempo change, which was much admired by the musician sitting next to me, and with lots of fast and furious word play, which was much admired by myself, me being a wordy sort of person.  So there was something for everyone and a good selection of songs.  I haven’t mentioned the drummer, but he was noticeably clever, with more solo work in the second half, which seems to be how drummers like it.  There was a fair sized audience who appeared to be mostly non-jazzers, but they clapped enthusiastically..
Ann Alex. 

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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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