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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.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Tango Siempre @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Ros Stephen (vln), Bimbi Urquhart (viola), Victor Villena, Julian Rowlands (bandoneon), Jonathan Taylor (pno), Richard Price (bs), Guillermo Rozenthuler (vcl).
It's the 1930s, I'm in a downtown café in Buenos Aires. Sipping a cerveza I watch the gigolo at work. He is smooth, sleek, Satanic. His long sideburns - cut razor-sharp at his prominent cheekbones - give him a look of evil. It is a hypnotic evil of the kind women of a certain age go for.
The band plays a tango, a señora smiles, she blows smoke-rings, they drift towards him, he gives an almost imperceptible nod and they dance.
The tango - the dance of love...
I open my eyes and find I'm not in Argentina but Gateshead - Hall Two of The Sage.
The tables and the gigolo are gone but the music and the atmosphere remain.
In truth, despite the publicity machine, the jazz content in tonight's performance is minimal. However, it is still an enjoyable evening and South America doesn't seem very far away. Tango Siempre capture the mood perfectly and thoroughly deserved the warm applause from the appreciative audience.
Muchos gracias.
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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