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Bebop Spoken There

Jimmy McPartland: “I think one of the reasons he [Bix] drank so much was that he was a perfectionist and wanted to do more with music than anyone could.– (Down Beat January 13, 1954).

Anita O'Day: “I don't think a singer ever gets so good she can't stand a little professional advice.– (Down Beat July 28, 1950).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Wednesday February 10

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Mark Williams, Joel Byrne McCullough w. Paul Grainger Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pizza Express, Dean St., Newcastle NE1 1PG. 8pm. No cover charge.
Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 7:30pm. £10/£8 (conc). 03000 269524.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's South Shields.

Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Ian Hetherington (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl/raffle).
The Vieux Carré Jazzmen may be taking part in a World War II re-inactment over the bank holiday but the Maine Street gang got in first with a rousing rendition of "The White Cliffs of Dover". For a moment I was transported back in time 68 years to 1941 when a German bomb dropped on the very spot where I was sitting! Fortunately this time the only explosions were in the rhythm section.
Olive was, as always, in good voice as she chanted "Jeepers Creepers", "When You're Smiling" and other faves. For this style of jazz they don't come much better.
Herbie, of course, added to the mix with some gutsy trombone on "Nagasaki" (where the women chew tobaccy) and, as is obligatory for brassmen, gravelly vocals - he does it well.
The inscrutable Derek on clarinet added a Bach-like flavour to "Jeepers" and managed to retain his inscrutability during "I Want To Be Happy" - Marshall would be proud of him.
"A Slow Boat To China" - always a favourite of mine - had a nice bass solo by Alan Rudd.
Just a few of the delights, not forgetting Herbie's harmonica solos and some really great barrelhouse piano from Malcolm Armstrong. Malcolm played at the very top of his game today and probably drew the most audience applause after Olive.
A newcomer (to me), Ian Hetherington on drums, really kicked the band along. Playing in the tradition of Lennie Hastings his solos, breaks and general punchiness were ace high.
Without doubt, the best jazz gig in South Shields.
Lance.
PS: Herbie tells me that Wednesday's gig at the Lambton Arms, Eighton Banks, was a success and will run on a weekly basis.

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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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