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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, November 04, 2011

The Bud Tones at Hoochie Coochie Thursday 3rd November 2011

Fiona Littlewood (vcl/ten); Stu Findon (ten); Tim Knowles (gtr); Eric Mckenzie Stutt (dms); Harley Johnson (pno); Jim Crinson (dbl/elct bass).
Arriving late, I rushed in to the sounds of Psychedelic Sally . Next up was The Message which lost none of its funk from the previous number. Fi switched from mic to sax for this one. On came the interval and time for the band to mingle. The bar had plenty of punters and also a fair few musos to boot..
Second set kicked off with a very lively Cheesecake. Eric was swinging like a trouper, I don't know how he does it! Harleys turn to solo and it was great, his improvisation on this made total sense..
Fiona showed her multi-tasking abilities by singing and blowing sax on an original piece Stu's Blues albeit not at the same time. This girl's confidence is growing fast. As usual Stu's soloing was imaginative and smooth throughout, a real gem. Harley's original (of which I'm afraid I don't know the name) was heavy with Monk's influence yet still intriguing, kept strong by Jim's solid upright playing. His electric was sitting by the side and I wondered if I'd missed the chance of hearing him play it again. I fretted that I'd missed his nimble finger work by arriving late. I was wrong, it was back with a vengeance for 'The Jody Grind..You Don't Know What Love Is is a song I've heard Fiona sing so many times now but it never fails to impress me, it really shows the jazz element in her voice.. And here it was,, the solo I'd been waiting for from Tim Knowles. Boy, this guy knows how to funk up The Jody Grind. It was only a shame it didn't last longer.More tunes followed but to save my blathering on I'll leave it with this... a thoroughly enjoyable evening, this band gets better every time I hear them.
Claire Kelly.

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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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