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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.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

...nor was last night - The Claude Werner Quartet @ the Lescar Hotel Sheffield 5th May

Claude Werner Tenor Sax, Mark Williams Guitar, David Carnegie Drums, Laurence Blackadder Double Bass.
The Lescar Hotel hosts a weekly Arts Council supported jazz programme in Sheffield. The Claude Werner Quartet played two great sets and were received with great enthusiasm and appreciation by a 'Schmazz-like' audience. Murmerings of 'high quality' and 'lifting the standard' could be heard throughout the evening. The band were on top form, delivering uplifting interpretations of Claude's beautiful melodies.
I could pick out high points but even more impressive was the complete whole performance with its many variations and contrasts.
My Sheffield based uncle, who's last encounter with jazz was Humphrey Lyttleton 25 years ago, popped in to be sociable, doubting that it would be to his taste but found himself delighted by the music and amazed by the skill of the players. He stayed for the entire performance, wishing for more, before going off to buy the CD to listen to in bed that night.
Nicola Weaver.

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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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