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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Artie Shaw Centennial Approaches

The Artie Shaw centennial (May 23) is here and the tributes are coming in fast and furious. Justifiably so. Arguably the finest jazz clarinet of his generation, and certainly mine, Artie was also such an enigmatic person that even without the music he would have made his mark.
The Trouble With Cinderella is one of the classic autobiography's - not least because Artie wrote it without a co-writer and, despite being married to several Screen Goddesses, didn't 'dish the dirt like the rest of those broads' did.
Musically, did any big band have a more evocative theme than Nightmare? Did the road ever become better illustrated musically than on Traffic Jam? Was their ever a better and more original band within a band than the Gramercy Five?
On a personal level, I can still recall the thrill I got x years ago when I stumbled across What Is This Thing Called Love on a '78' in a junk shop.
On one 10" piece of shellac I discovered Artie Shaw, Mel Tormé, the Meltones - I think I paid a tanner (six old pence).
Sale of the century!

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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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