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Bebop Spoken There

Charenee Wade: “…I was maybe 10 or 11, I was listening to 50 year old Sarah Vaughn and trying to sound like her.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: “Wearing jeans, sweat shirts and sneakers is okay for a bowling alley but is unacceptable on stage or in a club; such an appearance detracts from his talent. Really, what's missing from today's jazzmen is dignity.” – (Crescendo December 1975).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

No Time For Jive @ Central Bar - Gateshead.

Brian Lineham (hca/vcl), Pete Readhead (gtr), Keith Forsyth (bs/vcl), Nat McLeave (dms).
I don't think Brian Lineham will argue about the first set - it was crap! Having said that the band played great versions of Work Song and It Must Be Jelly (Cos Jam Don't Shake Like That!)
Problem was that the soundman didn't make it and, as Brian said, "I phoned up this mornin' - yes I phoned up this mornin' man said sound man done gone packed up his bags and gone, yes I phoned up..."
However, come the second set, the balance was sorted and the band were up and running. Great guitar, powerful rhythm, and harp-playing that didn't bend it like Beckham - but bent it like John Sebastion on the Spoonful's Night Owl Blues only even better! This was something else - a sockeroo kickass blues blast to tell your kids about.
Brilliant band - they even went South of the Border!
The try out on Bad Stud Blues didn't quite work out as Brian intended but the audience loved it so when the cracks are papered over it is going to be something else!
Caldonia? After Woody Herman and Louis Jordan this has got to be next!
Catch them when you can.

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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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