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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.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tyne Valley Stompers @ Saltwell Park. Sunday May 16

Tyne Valley Stompers: Tom Derbyshire (double bass), ? (drums), ? (clarinet), Terry Harvey (banjo), Gerry Denning (trumpet & vocals) & John Crisp (trombone & vocals).
Sunday morning and it looked like rain. Should I go over to Saltwell Park to hear the Stompers? I could stay in and listen to Desert Island Discs. The jazz won.
I arrived at Gateshead in time to catch the second set. The park was a blaze of fuschia pink - a women's charity fun run in aid of cancer research was in full swing. Down bandstand way all was silent with the Dixielanders enjoying an interval break.
First tune of the second set was Pennies From Heaven and right on cue it started to rain. The bandstand looked like a good lightning conductor but the sextet played on. A line-up approximating the Tyne Valley Stompers (trumpet and trombone had been washed up north from Swale Valley Stompers way) entertained the bedraggled, most of whom took shelter from the pelting rain, audience. April Showers followed - how apt. Denning and Crisp shared the vocals, Terry Harvey supplied the chords, the clarinetist was fluent and full of invention and after a few more classic numbers including Hindustan and Alexander's Ragtime Band it was time to set off home in the rain.
Inclement weather aside this was a good start to a summer season of jazz in the parks.
Russell

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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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