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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.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Lullaby of Grainger Street

I was truckin' on down the avenue - actually walking down Grainger Street - when I had a sudden whim to call into 'Old Hitz Records'. Old Hitz is an emporium that sells second hand discs - mainly vinyl - and has a jazz section which I duly browsed.
Nothing under a fiver so I didn't bite.
However, another section caught my eye - Sale LPs £1 each or 6 for £5.
I dived in and emerged £10 lighter!
Amongst the goodies was an LP by Susannah McCorkle. In fact it was her very first LP The Music of Harry Warren. Now anyone who visits this site will know that this tragic lady is just about my favourite female singer (along with Becky Kilgore and Daryl Sherman) and this selection is comparable with anything else I've heard from her.
Recorded in London in 1976 with Keith Ingham on piano - they were an item at the time and the empathy shows - Bruce Turner blowing alto and clarinet whilst Len Skeat plays bass and Johnny Richardson's on drums.
Lullaby of Broadway, About a Quarter to Nine, Forty-Second Street, Chattanooga Choo Choo, I Only Have Eyes For You just some of the better known ones. Not so well known is The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish but nevertheless it exudes Harry Warren class.
Some days you hit lucky, I only went to Newcastle to pick up a pair of trousers that were being altered - Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long (old Streisand number) - and I found the end of the rainbow.
Correction - I went beyond the rainbow with Tormé and the Buddy Rich Band + Phil Woods on alto. Together Again For The First Time.
I'll tell you about the other 10 LPs later!
Lance.
PS: If you're into vinyl it's worth a look in (I did leave a few!)
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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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