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Toots Thielemans: "The basic thing is that I play the harmonica as an instrument, not a toy." (DownBeat September 23, 1953).

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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rod Sinclair & Jim Birkett @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

Rod Sinclair (left), Jim Birkett (gtrs).
What a delightful vignette. Every guitar player on the Planet Earth and beyond should have been crammed into The Bridge to listen and learn from these two masters of their craft. As it was, the gathering was small, albeit select. Admitedly it wasn't an evening for venturing forth weatherwise but musicwise it should have been unmissable - after all these years I still cannot fathom the jazz audience - fickle is the word that springs to mind.
However, as I've said so many times - it's their loss.
A choice selection of works from jazz masters past and present - Eddie Lang to Pat Metheny - saw Rod and Jim interpret them brilliantly.
This was the perfect partnership alternating lead and rhythm as befitted the piece with Rod's acoustic sound complementing Jim's jazzier electric sound - and vice-versa.
Just look at the set list:
Stagefright - Dick McDonough/Carl Kress.
Gentle Rain - Luis Bonfa.
Autumn Leaves - Django(ish).
Eddie's Twister - Eddie Lang/Lonnie Johnson.
Skating in Central Park - John Lewis.
Suite for Two Guitars - original.
Dedication - Albert Harris.
Nuages - Django.
Always and Forever - Pat Metheny.
Feeling My Way - McDonough/Kress.
In Your Own Sweet Way - Brubeck.
A Bireli Lagrene piece.
Uno Praisie - Luis Bonfa.
Need I say more?
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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