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Bebop Spoken There

George Webb: "I have heard so many bands earning good money when they shouldn't have been playing in public at all - (Melody Maker June 15, 1957). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: “The banjo is one of my favourite instruments…” – (Jazzwise September 2015).

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Today Friday September 4

Afternoon.
Rendezvous Jazz
- Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
James Harrison Trio - Lit and Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 1pm. £4.
Hannah Taylor/Phil Richardson - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 4.30pm. 0191 2331010. Free.
Evening.
Bugalu Foundation - Saltburn Comm. Centre, Albion Tce., Saltburn. 7.30pm. £10.
Mick Donnelly Academy Band/Blitz 'n' Pieces - The Working Man's Club, King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool. 7.30pm. £5. 01429 892079. Charity fundraiser see preview.

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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