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Bebop Spoken There

Billie Holiday: “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.– (Down Beat November 1, 1939).

Bunny Berigan: “We know that there are plenty of swing fans in the country wanting it--and we propose to give it [swing] to them.– (Down Beat May, 1938).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Thursday February 11

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. guests Mark Toomey (alto) Jeff Aucott (keys); Gus Smith (vcl); Kevin Eland (tpt) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free. 9pm.
Havana Style Cuban Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free - come along and shake your maracas!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Collective @ Hoochie.

Arthur Higgins (ten); Tim Bloomer (gtr); Dominic Snaith (pno); Katie Trigger (bs); Robbie Houston (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The Collective is collecting fans judging by the decent sized audience. Deservedly so. The formula of house band and soloist works fairly well.

Tonight's guest, Arthur Higgins, blew some great tenor. A smart looking dude in a light grey suit he not only looked the part but walked the walk. I don't know why but just about every great tenor player I've ever seen and heard has worn a smart suit whether it be Zoot Sims or, more recently, Simon Spillett.
Presentation counts.
Arthur dug in and hit the right groove early on, building up through Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Watermelon Man and the final blues where he let loose on his best solo of the night. This young man deserves to go far.
That was the second set that was. The first set saw The Collective grind through some jazz/ROCK blues.
Tim, we all know by now is a fine guitarist - he's got the guitar hero licks off to a T and, not only that, he's got the facial expressions too!
On bass, Katie seems to grow in confidence and ability with each session - a cucumber cool chick.
On keys, Dominic lays it down in both ensemble and solo whilst Robbie is a percussion powerhouse.
Splendid!
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.
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