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Bebop Spoken There

Jascha Heifetz: "Jazz is an exciting form of musical expression." - (Melody Maker May 23, 1953. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Regina Carter: “I used to have a stack of classical albums that my teacher would send home with me. I’d listen to them all day, and even go to sleep listening to them if I was learning a particular piece.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Tuesday July 7

Afternoon.
STRONGER JAZZ VOICES (Tutor Zoe Gilby) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - last one tonight (I think!)
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back July 14.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop. Note earlier start.
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop - end of course?
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with resident trio. First and third Tuesdays - Tonight's the night!
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Tonight's the night!
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IAN BOSWORTH - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New first Tuesday in the month gig with guitarist Ian and band. For this month only - back July 14 (Band on holiday)
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JAZZ MACHINE - Queen's Head, Victoria Cresc., Cullercoats. 7.30pm (?).
Pepe and crew venture forth... Monthly back July 28.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) - Back July 28.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back July 14.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Farewell My Lovely/ The Long Goodbye Part 2.

Crombie was finally sent on his way to sleep The Big Sleep. But what a send off! In his oratory, "Bertie" compared the occasion to a State Funeral and he was right! Diana's procession may have been longer but, it didn't seem that much longer!
The parade left the Jazz Café behind two magnificent black horses pulling the hearse. The band struck up with St. James Infirmary and the cortège headed for St. Thomas' Church by a somewhat devious route.  We brought the traffic to a standstill but I didn't hear one horn tooted in anger. I don't know how many were in the parade but it seemed to stretch almost to the horizon!
Someone suggested that this was an illegal gathering! I'm sure it wasn't but Keith would have loved it if the police had charged in and broke it up!
As we neared the church the band segued into The Saints and march in we did - taking care to avoid some of the horses' by-products.
The church was crowded - even the gallery was full and we lustily sang When The roll is Called up Yonder.
Jess read Tennyson's Crossing The Bar before we once more gave voice to The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended. They got than one wrong - it had hardly begun!
Next came an "interlude" from Robert who spoke at length - indeed some might say at great length - about Keith with lots of anecdotes finishing off with a letter from Greg Hicks of the RSC who were frequent visitors to the JC (how appropriate are those initials?)
More hymns, then it was outside where the snow was now falling quite heavily. Was this his parting shot? No, a London Dreadnought bus (Number 14 to Putney) had been laid on to ferry us back down to Pink Lane and the Town Wall pub opposite "The Caff".
The walls were bulging as thirsty mourners clamoured for succour. At the far end Peter Gilligan and his team got the ball rolling. Just like last Sunday across the road the guys and gals got up and jammed and sang and had fun. Circumstances decreed I couldn't stay till the end - the laws of gravity were working against me staying upright but believe you me - just like the Long Goodbye Part 1 this was undoubtedly Gig of the Month maybe even the year!
RIP Keith - your like will never pass this way again.
Sky/Tyne and Wear video clip.
Kaveh Emami Photos.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Beautiful write up Lance, what a day for Keith's passing.

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  2. Thank you Val, I was quite proud of this myself - I'm sure Keith would have liked it! However, a prophet is without honour etc... Apart from you of course!

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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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