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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 Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sweet and Hot on June 4.

John Carstairs Hallam's Sweet and Hot Orchestra are "coming out of the woodwork" for the Queen's Jubilee. The Orchestra was founded in 1993 to play Vintage Big Band Jazz and Dance Music from the late 20's to the early 40's. The band's library is extensive, with about 400 numbers in "the book" and another 5000+ in the garage! 
In recent years the full-size band has given place to a smaller unit, due to the cost of up to 14 musicians. However, nothing less than a Big Band would do for the Queen's Jubilee.
A 12-piece band (reeds: Alan Marshall, Gavin Lee, Jim McBriarty, Sue Ferris; brass: Mick Hill, Alan Smith, Neville Hartley, Don Fairley; pno: Brian Chester; gtr : Roly Veitch; bass : John Carstairs Hallam; dms: Ian Forbes) plus vocalist Ruth Lambert will be playing at the re-opening of the restored Tynemouth Station on Monday June 4.

The event, which is free and starts at 11 a.m, is organised by North Tyneside Council to celebrate the event..
The Sweet and Hot Orchestra are scheduled to play between 12.45 and 1.45 p.m. Our programme will be selected from popular favourites for both listeners and dancers . We hope to include St. Louis Blues March,  It Don't Mean a Thing etc., Copper Coloured Gal, Hep! Hep! The Jumpin' Jive, (rare numbers from Cab Calloway), A String of Pearls, South of the Border (the hit of the month when WW2 broke out) and even The Palais Glide, plus vocals featuring the talents of jazz vocalist Ruth Lambert.
For further details about the band : contact John Carstairs Hallam via Bebop Spoken Here.
John Carstairs Hallam.
p.s. I suppose we ought to play The Anniversary Waltz as well.

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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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