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Today Tuesday February 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan +?

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

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lickety Split @ Hoochie Coochie Thursday August 23.

Eddie Bellis (tmb); Kevin Eland (tpt); Alan Marshall (alt); John Hudson (ten); Bill Brittain (pno); Roy Willis (gtr); Mick Danby (bs); Paul Wight (dms); Steph and Ike (dancers).
(Review by Lance).
A slick, polished performance by a band that produces an overall sound suggestive of an even larger ensemble.

The program consisted of mainly bebop classics including; Blues Walk, Jordu, Filthy McNasty, St. Thomas, Well You Needn't and Sister Sadie amongst others. Stand out performance for me was Jim Martin's Curious George - a bebop tune based on the chord sequence of Georgia on my Mind.
Trumpeter Eland went sky-walking in that rarefied 'sphere beyond top C, Marshall and Hudson did Adolph Sax proud, Bellis' trombone playing has a nice smooth, dry sound, Brittain ruled the keys (and many of the arrangements), Willis chipped in with chordal accompaniments as well as some imaginative solos, on bass guitar Deputy Danby did the biz whilst Paul Wight kicked the whole shebang along nicely.
This wasn't all!
During the latter part of the second set two jazz dancers - Steph and Ike - took to the floor with style and grace responding to the moods and nuances taking place on the stand with an elegance that could almost have been choreographed! .
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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