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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Customs House Big Band + Ruth Lambert. Open rehearsal @ the New Crown, South Shields.

The only drawback to the Customs House Big Band's monthly open rehearsal at the New Crown, South Shields is the room - the most comfortable seats mean the band is hidden from view. However, this is a small - indeed the only - price to pay for their, as always, polished performance.
After a first set of stop-starting, honing, polishing and tweaking by leader Peter Morgan a one hour concert with vocals from Ruth Lambert followed.
So why wasn't the New Crown crowded? Just a couple of months back, at the Customs House, the band had drawn the punters in for two nights in a row at a tenner a head now they could have a goodly portion of that concert for free.
Strange...
Still their loss as the saying goes...
Of the newer stuff, bassist Jack (John?) Lowe impressed on Bernie's Tune and Gordon Marshall ensured that the brass played with power and precision.
For the concert proper Ruth cantered effortlessly through Time After Time, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Hard Hearted Hannah, I've Got The World On A String and Alright, Okay, You Win.
Our girl was in good voice.
Band numbers Blue Bossa, I Love Paris, Indiana and a couple more saw some good solos from Alan Marshall, Jill Brett, Jim McBriarty, Bill Brittain and Michael Lamb- even Roy Willis slipped in a rare guitar chorus.
It was nice work and they got it without having to try too hard.
Lance.
PS: Next open rehearsal by the band is Tuesday June 1 - stsp. Next gig is at the Saville Exchange, North Shields on Friday June 18.

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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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