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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Roly Veitch Quartet @ The Cherry Tree

Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl), Sue Ferris (ten/fl), Neil Harland (bs), Adam Sinclair (dms).
It should have been Jim Birkett on guitar but a last minute switch saw him replaced by Roly Veitch which meant you got another ace guitarist with the added bonus of vocals too.
The band kicked off with an instrumental - Pennies From Heaven. Tonight I was sitting in the mezzanine which gave the feeling of being a little closer to Heaven. A feeling that was enhanced by the Spring Lamb with Jersey Royals, Peas and Mint.
One of the stranger events of the evening was a request from a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary - Here's That Rainy Day. Roly sang it in laid back mode and Sue did some nice fancy flute-work.
It was during my main course of Pork Chop with Roquefort Butter and Slow Roast Tomatoes that I really succumbed to Sue's tenor sound it just seemed to waft over me. I don't know if my ears benefited from the altitude but I can't recall her sounding better than she did on A Foggy Day in London Town - so round and smooth like Stan Getz the younger. And, although Sue might not go along with being compared to a pork chop, my main course had the same effect. Compliments to the chef and the band - they too were cookin'.
Other delights were the contrapuntal lines indulged in by guitar and sax - rather like those Jim Hall and Paul Desmond discs - and the Lestorian burn by Sue on All of Me.
As Roly went into Blame It On My Youth I went into a delightful Griottine Cherry and Almond Clafoutis and Vanilla Ice Cream. Both went down a treat.
Needless to say those ever unsung heroes Adam and Neil kept the ship on course - a good night with a good crowd.
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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