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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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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.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Bill Harper on Keith Crombie

Sorry to hear that Keith has passed on and although I knew him for many years, I couldn't call him a close friend but he did make his mark as a strange figure on the fringe of the jazz scene in my early career and latterly at the Jazz Cafe where I worked three nights a week for about a year or so. The place was the pits and the pay abysmal and there seemed to be a running battle with the authorities and problems with the "drinks" licence, which had to be in someone else's name. However it did attract a host of visiting musicians for after hours sessions including Harry Connick Jr. with several members of his orchestra. 
Harry's appearance was somewhat dramatic!!!! He approached me at the piano and wore dark glasses and said "Hi! I'm Harry -- BUT NO PHOTOGRAPHS PLEASE !! I thought 'how pretentious' until he explained to me that he had to cancel his show that night because he had a sore throat and didn't feel that his fans would be pleased to see him "jamming" when he should have been in bed. His guys all played superbly, including guitarist Russell Malone who joined Diana Krall shortly after. Nigel Kennedy made an appearance although I wasn't there that night and it attracted some excellent players from visiting orchestras at the Theatre Royal.
It also attracted some good young players from the Music College, notably the fine young trombonist Martin Gladdish who went on to join NYJO and also appeared on albums with Jamie Cullum. But we also had visiting actors, notably Robson Green and an actress (who shall remain nameless to save her embarrassment)  who featured in an important role in a police series on TV. She arrived, as they say, "well served" and my greatest abiding memory of Keith is of him saying to me "I think I'm in with a chance here, she thinks I look like Leo McKern, him that plays Rumpole".That was typical of Keith, a "chancer to the last" but in the rich tapestry of jazz in Newcastle he played his part in no small way.

Bill Harper.

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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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