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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).

Today Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wylam Music Course on Great American Songbook

5 study classes at Wylam Institute starts 9:30 a.m. Tuesday 16th October, 2012. 

The popular American Songbook was one of the glories of the 20th Century, now sometimes dismissed as “easy listening” or “show tunes”.
The new 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s songs of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers - first written for sheet music, records, theatre, radio, movies – proved enduring for all time.
The lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, were rich in a word play of everyday speech, flip and witty.

Song is the oldest and most widespread human musical expression, often shared with intense emotion.
Voiced by interpreters as distinctive as Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, these songs carried life’s experiences: infatuation, rejection, anger, joy, tenderness, seasons of youth and age, gospel fervour … entertainment.
Was that musical form something more substantial?
In a weekly 2-hour group we will critically listen, to consider the melodic and rhythmic roots, but also discuss the pleasures and the worldwide significance for audiences then and now. 
To enrol: telephone evenings (01661) 852 632 or email directly rguariento@btinternet.com. 
Ron Guariento.

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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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