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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mini-Big Band at the The Customs House, South Shields, Wednesday May 30

Is this the most unusual band line-up of the year?
Yes, this must surely be it, a very odd but fascinating band! A pianist who also sang, a flute, clarinet (ok so far); but also a baritone horn, a steel pan, and two women singers. This was part of a special concert to celebrate 50 years of Amnesty International.
 The band had a good lively sound and the main singer was a sweet strong-voiced young woman who wouldn’t have sounded out of place singing in 1930’s musicals. They treated us to their arrangement of Summertime, The Bugle Boy from Company B and a Glenn Miller Medley. This was only one item in a most entertaining concert. I even did my bit as a member of the Customs House Choir (Custom Voices). The rest of the music was provided by students from two locally run music degrees, The Community Music degree and the Jazz and Popular Music degree. We were treated to jazz guitar, (Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel tributes); A folky band called Secret Violins; and a student choir. The musicians deserved more than the half- full theatre that they got, although I hadn’t seen much publicity for the concert. We all rounded off proceedings by singing When the Saints Go marching In,en masse.
The Mini-Big band may simply be a temporary student band, but if you hear of them again, do go to see them. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Ann Alex (in case you hadn't guessed!).

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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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