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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

George Melly: “I think all clubs are like old tarts, sad under full lighting.” – (Slowing Down, Penguin Books 2005).

Today Tuesday December 1

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ The Bridge Hotel. January 20.

Debra Milne (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Susans (double bass) & Rob Bates (drums)
Christmas done, New Year done, Splinter at the Bridge is back. Hello snow. The few turned out to hear Debra Milne. The Newcastle based vocalist has assembled a trio of musicians of some pedigree. Guitarist Steve Glendinning knows his instrument, Paul Susans is an in-demand bass player and young drummer Rob Bates has developed at a rate of knots. Milne presented two sets of balanced material; bop standards, a bossa, a couple of original tunes (Glendinning is a song writing partner) and a tune for KC. An intriguing aspect to Milne’s performance is a penchant for writing lyrics to bebop charts  - Killer Joe and Good Bait being two such classics. Jobim’s How Insensitive highlighted the delicate playing of Glendinning, No More Blues swung as did Four with the Jon Hendricks lyric and an original - Show Me the Man - suggested there is a budding lyricist in our midst. Milne was a habitué of the Jazz Café on Pink Lane and the untimely death of proprietor Keith Crombie inspired the tune The Jazz Caff Song and with it the set drew to a close.

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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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