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Bebop Spoken There

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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Lance

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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.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Things Ain't What They Used To Be

I visited two Newcastle music shops today. One, a store where I used to work, the other a store where I didn't used to work although some might say I didn't used to work in either. I was in search of a tenor saxophone thumb rest cushion. Naturally I tried my former employers first. The young man looked somewhat bemused until I described it as a piece of rubber that slides over the saxophone thumb rest. His eyes brightened as enlightenment took place. He offered me a clarinet thumb rest cushion. I explained to him that a clarinet was smaller than a tenor saxophone and that, as such, it wouldn't fit.
"All we have, I'm afraid."
I muttered an "It wouldn't have happened when I worked here" and headed down town to the other establishment.
The sales person here said, "That's a job for the repairman. Bring your instrument in and he'll fit it for you."
I said, "It's a piece of rubber that slides over the thumb rest." I may have inserted an Anglo-Saxon adjective into the sentence.
Once again enlightenment dawned and he too produced a clarinet thumb rest cushion. This placed me in a dilemma. I could either buy a clarinet to fit the cushion or else I could wait until my next visit to that sax emporium off Shaftesbury Avenue. As this will be in about 2 weeks time I opted for the latter option.
Lance.

3 comments :

Jude Murphy (On Facebook) said...

Ah yes, the golden days at JGW. Male and female staff tearooms and Mr Hedley on the prowl.

Robert Laing (On Facebook). said...

Wasting your time in music shops now Lance, they are staffed mainly by youngsters that know nowt. I buy all my stuff online, it is normally here the next day and saves me the job of travelling with the druggie pastie-munchers on public transport or paying ridiculous parking fees If you can find a space). Try here? http://www.woodwindandbrass.co.uk/acatalog/thumbrests_cushions.html
Thumb Rests, Palm Key Risers, and Thumb Rest Cushions
www.woodwindandbrass.co.uk
Saxophone palm key risers and thumb rest cushions

Sebastian @ LondonJazz (On Twitter) said...

Aw. Here's @bebopspokenhere trying to find a sax thumb cushion (and his youth?) in Newcastle … Lance, try @ReedsDirect

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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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