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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 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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What A Day This Has Been... Singin' The Blues in Manchester - Fusionhead @ The Bridge.

Roz Sluman (alt/ten/vcl); Nick Rimmer (keys); Alex Green (bs); Kenny Reed (dms).
The day had begun with football, not a subject we digress upon too much. However, today was special for Manchester, Newcastle (faintly) and Sunderland. At the end of the day Man City won the plaudits and it was Man U who were "Singin' The Blues" - Newcastle didn't make the Champions League and Sunderland didn't make the Top Ten.
Never mind - there is always next year...
So, to the music which, at the end of the day, supercedes overpaid foreigners kicking a ball around.
Fusionhead, tonight's Splinter/JNE headliners, play funky jazz with a solid 1970's feel. "I was there" we cried as the band stormed into a number reminiscent of yore.
Sluman plays for keeps - her alto playing strips the paint from the ceiling reminding us of Hank Crawford with maybe just a grain of Sand(born) added to the recipe.
On tenor the lady from Cumbria cries out musically that this is how they walk the bar in Downtown Carlisle!.
Vocally she gets the feel and conveys it well. With a solid rhythm section behind the band rocked and rolled, funked and souled. This was music aimed at the feet rather than the mind - Hoochie Coochie material perhaps?
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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