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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

Today Wednesday May 4.

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
TBA - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
VEIN w. Greg Osby - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe, 9pm. Free.

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.
Russell        

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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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