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Bebop Spoken There

Rex Stewart: "Screwy chords and modern harmonies may be exciting to play, but they will never be bread-and-butter-music." - (Melody Maker April 24, 1948. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Vasilis Xenopoulos: “I like playing jazz that has form, and structure. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and I like it.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Friday July 3

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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Evening.
PAUL EDIS TRIO - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm).
Paul's back from NYC with a whole lot of inspiration!.
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HANNAH TAYLOR/PHIL RICHARDSON - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm - 9pm. 0191 2331010. Free.
Another dynamic duo!
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KING BEE - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE16SF. Doors 7pm. £5.
Doesn't get any better than this - anywhere!
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LONG LONESOME GO/ZEEROX/THIS THEN - Empty Shop, Framwellgate Bridge, Durham, DH1 4SY. £3. 7.30pm.
All this for £3! The shop won't be empty for long.
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BROKEN LEVEE - Central Bar, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead. 8pm. £3
If the levee's broken these guys will fixit!
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BLUES NIGHT (band to be announced) - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Tonight's the night!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Scott Hamilton and Steve Fishwick at Darlington Arts Centre

Rather than go to The Sage and listen to Sir John and Lady Cleopatra tell me how wonderful they are, I opted to drive to Darlington and catch Scott Hamilton and Steve Fishwick at the Arts Centre. Well worth the 45 minute drive for a 'comfortable' evening of neo-bop. Steve Fishwick impressed and the ubiquitous Colin Oxley once again provided some interesting guitar work both soloing and 'comping. Scott Hamilton played well although he struggled on Strayhorn's 'UMMG' (Upper Manhattan Medical Group). Steve Brown, another ubiquitistic person, and Dave Withard gave sound backing although I'd like it if Steve Brown, just once, would stop smiling.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm a Lucky Guy

Listened to Mingus - 'I'll Remember April' 1962 Bud Powell on piano, Eric Dolphy alto and Booker Ervin tenor. Pretty wild with Bud playing great piano. Cooled down with Becky Kilgore singing Maxine Sullivan songs. 'It's Wonderful', 'You're a Lucky Guy' among others. The latter is a relatively unknown Sammy Cahn tune and should be done more often

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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.)
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