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Bebop Spoken There

Camille Thurman: "Their [Tia Fuller & Mimi Jones] advice? If you're going to sing and play, be great at both or don't bother." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Greg Fishman: "I've loved playing music since I was 12, practising 8 hours a day, because I loved doing it every minute." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Monday October 15

Afternoon.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thank you Colin.

Regular site visitors will note my frequent reference to Ned Kelly's Last Stand - the jazz fun pub in Kowloon, Hong Kong. I've never been there but it sounds like a place I should have been - add it to the list that includes Shelly's Manne Hole, Earthquake McGoons, The Famous Door, Birdland, Kelly's Stables and the pre-Beatles Cavern.
Well Colin and I go back a long way - his father, Hughie Aitchison - the greatest authority on Ellington (Duke) that I ever met - and I worked together for many years in a well known Newcastle music shop (J.G. Windows).
Colin and I were in the Newcastle Big Band together and I have followed his career with interest ever since. He's been leading the China Coast Jazzmen at Ned Kelly's for quite a time - often alongside such illustrious sitters-in as Bob Wilber (see photo) and Pug Horton. All this leads up to the package that came through the letter-box yesterday.
A Ned Kelly's Tee Shirt and a CD of the band playing live.
The Tee Shirt is great - expect to see me wearing it around the gigs until I'm told to get it laundered! The CD gives a first hand impression of a typical night at 'Neds'. Small band swing (Opus One; Jersey Bounce; Sing, Sing, Sing) and Dixieland (Bill Bailey; High Society; Basin Street etc).
It's not music to lend a critical ear to it's music to tap your feet to, have a laugh and a smile and, after a few beers, a sing-a-long.
Thank you Colin. Lance. PS: Roy Willis reminded me of this YouTube clip , with brief introduction from the late Chris Yates, that Colin posted of Red Rodney blowing Days of Wine and Roses at the Corner House, Newcastle back in 1985.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance,

Glad to hear the parcel arrived and that the CD did get a smile, yes it's Neds, did think about re-doing some of it, as you no doubt did notice, I do sing the wrong words on Basin St, and a few mistakes here and there from the guys, but at the end of the day it is what it is, a live recording at Ned Kelly's, and everyone I spoke to, did not want a studio recording, just something to remind them of happy times and Hong Kong, and it's selling like hot cakes, but once again many thanks for the all the write up's on Ned Kelly's and my visits back to Newcastle, hope to catch up for a pint the next time...
Colin Aitchison
Hong Kong

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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.
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