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Bebop Spoken There

Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Flap! @ Hoochie Coochie August 15.

Jess Guille (vcl/uke); Eamon McNelis (tpt/vcl); ? (tmb); Mark Elton (bs); Ben Hendry (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A romping, stomping, multi genre Europe touring Australian quintet that had the Hoochie's dancing from the opening number. I even managed to shake an arthritic knee myself at one late stage!
If the '60s trad boom had came along 50 years later this is how it might have sounded. Trumpet had a rich round sound that was, at times, Harry James and at other times boppy like Lee Morgan. Trombone blew it rough and raucous - this was 21st century gut bucket. Bass was at times smooth, at other times slapstick. Drums gave them the drive and the lovely Jess played uke banjo and sang like a dream. She was compared individually by three of us with Caro Emerald, Lily Allen and Debra Milne - how versatile can you get? The trumpet man also sang and, thankfully, he didn't do a Satchmo impression as so many trumpet/vocalists do.
My apologies for the delay in listing personnel as the announcements were in Austrailian and their website doesn't reveal them either. Ray Robson supplied the names albeit not the trombonist - thank you Ray. Still, what's in a name? Suffice to say they put on a show. Early King Oliver? More late King Pleasure and that's what these guys and gal gave out - pleasure. If the Aussie cricketers could... nah, we won't go down that route 
Excellent.
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.
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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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