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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - 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.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Everything's coming up Rosie's

Olive Rudd (vcl), Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca), Jim McBriarty (clt),
Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Mike Humble (dms).
There was a sense of 'old home' week about today. It was only on Tuesday that I was listening to Jim McBriarty with the Customs House Big Band. With that almighty ensemble he is almost hidden in the section but, with the Maine Streeters, his clarinet solos abound.
This year, being the centenary of of the birth of Artie Shaw, a tribute to the 'thinking man's Benny Goodman' would seem to be a good idea and I think Jim would be one of the contenders for the role. Not quite sure who would play Lana or Ava etc....
Getting back to the 'old home theme', Mike Humble blew up a rhythmic storm with Alan Glen last night and here he was again - totally different style but still great drumming.
Herbie sang Buddy Bolden Blues and threw in some topical references to 'Bigots' and 'Volcanic Ash' - now that is what I call a true improvised jazz vocal! His trombone and harmonica also told the truth.
Malcolm - the king of barrel-house - Alan - walk that bass this way.
As for Olive well she put her brand on Soon, Keepin' Out of Mischief Now, Jeepers Creepers, Swing That Music and other faves.
Another superb afternoon.
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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