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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).

Terell Stafford: “I came to jazz very late, in my second year of graduate school at Rutgers University. I thought pursuing it would make me a better classical trumpet player.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Today Sunday November 29

Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Alix Shepherd (Solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Gala Big Band - Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. 03000 267200.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. Doors 7pm. £5.

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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