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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Tuesday May 3.

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.
Evening.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band Open rehearsal - New Crown, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7pm. Free.
Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Jazz @ The Manor House, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough. 8pm. Free.

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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