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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 Thursday May 5

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead. 5pm. "The A + B of Café Songbook".
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. John Brett (ten); Mark Toomey (alt); Kevin Eland (tpt). - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Peter Gilligan Quartet - The Empty Shop, Framwwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. £5/£4 (students). 8pm.
Matt Holborn Quartet - Hamsterley Village Hall, nr. Bishop Auckland DL13 3QF. 7:30pm. £22 (family); £7.50 (adult); £5 (child). 7:30pm.
Dave Lee's Jazzmen - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8:30pm. £3/£2:50.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Fancy Footwork at the Corner House

Barry Soulsby (clt/alt/vcl), Brian Sibbald (bs), Peter Wright (tpt), Lawrence McBriarty (tmb), Fred Thompson (dms/vcl), Brian Bennett (bjo/vcl).
A packed house saw the Vieux Carré Jazzmen turn in their usual spirited performance on some good old good ones such as "That's A Plenty", "Jazz Me Blues", "Royal Garden Blues", "Margie" and "If I Had You" with vocals by Fred and a rare rendition of a tune new to me, "You Broke Your Promise" this was sung by Brian Bennett who played the banjo at the same time defying all the laws of gravity.
Barry Soulsby was seen studying a copy of "The Carnival of Venice" indicating that the world premiere of this venerable opus may be drawing closer.
The band in full swing generate an infectious rhythm that tonight inspired some fancy stepping from a gentleman at the bar.
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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