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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Alan Glen Trio @ The Chilli

Alan Glen (pno), John Pope (bs), Mike Humble (dms).
Dave Weisser (tpt/flug/vcl), Barrie Ascroft (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Rob Bates (dms).
Another splendid set from the trio. David Carnegie was unable to make the gig so tonight we had Mike Humble on drums and he did the business but good.
As ever, Alan played a choice selection of standards and an original - She Walks Into Mine - a lovely ballad with an identity of its own.
I Hear a Rhapsody, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Like Someone in Love, Falling in Love With Love, What is This Thing Called Love, When I Fall in Love and Too Close For Comfort.
Piano playing at its best, first class bass playing and sympathetic drumming.
Mike and Alan, in fact, had worked together many times over the years so it wasn't long before they settled into each other's groove.
John Pope continues to grow in stature as a bassist and tonight he was quite amazing.
Classy vocalist Brenda Sokell was in the audience but, despite the lack of sitters in, didn't get a chance to sing.
Hopefully some other spring.
Earlier, the Take It to The Bridge Workshop put Airegin, The Chant, Au Privave and a few more under the musical microscope.
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.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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