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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.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Triple Treat Today. Lindsay Hannon and Two Hannahs

Hannah and the Narrators: Hannah Rickard - Vocals Tim Bloomer - Guitar David Cantlay - Bass Dominic Snaith - Keyboard Robbie Houston - Drums.
Acting on an impulse I hopped off the number 27 as it passed the Central Bar and caught and earful of Hannah and her Narrators which turned out to be a good call. Hannah hollers handsomely. Moondance, Love Me or Leave Me, My Baby Just Cares For Me and Stormy Monday were the numbers I heard. Guitar and keyboard played excellent solos the latter is a two handed player although, strangely, he rarely uses them together! Nevertheless it was effective.. They'll be rockin' Hoochie                                    on Thursday.
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Over to the Jazz Café for a superb set from Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Alan Law (pno); Paul Grainger (bs) and "James from California" (dms).
Lindsay was in good voice - isn't she always? - delighting the intimate audience with They Can't Take That Away From Me, Let's Fall in Love, Blue Hotel Room, That Old Feeling and Nature Boy. Alan on piano soloed and supported superbly with Paul and James, a young Californian who'd just wandered in, keeping it all together.
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Chameleon: Stuart Johnson (ten/sop); Gary Boyle (gtr); Avril Greenhow Parker (keys); Dave Turner (bs/bs gtr); Tim Franks (dms); Hannah Fuller (vcl).
Today's Splinter @ The Bridge featured Jazz/Rock/Fusion straight out of the 1970's - think Nucleus, Paraphernalia, Dick Heckstall-Smith and you get the picture. However, this was no time-warp situ Chameleon have planted their past very firmly into today. Johnson - surely the world's tallest tenor - unleashes sheets of sound that  create almost unbearable tension whilst Boyle releases it with some quite lyrical playing. A surprise second set guest was vocalist Hannah Fuller - two Hannahs in one day! - who sang Street Life. The Crusaders' number fit in well with the style of the band and I'd liked to have heard more but the legendary number 27 bus was due...
Next week ACV.
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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