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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Janisch: “I definitely have a completely different perception of the States on a political level, getting the news over here [in Britain], or just the way Europeans view America that was a big awakening.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

James Moody: “[On practising] If you don't use it, you lose it. And that applies to everything--and when I say everything, I mean everything!” – (Jazz Times March 2004).


Today Saturday October 10

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Front, Middleton One Row, Nr. Darlington. 1.30pm.
James Harrison (Solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Noel Dennis/Dean Stockdale - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free.
Peter Gilligan Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. Doors 8pm. £5.
Ruth Lambert/Stu Collingwood - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Chare, Newcastle. Free. 7pm (?).
International Guitar Night w. Lulu Reinhardt; Mike Dawes; Andre Krengel - Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgare Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PQ. 7.30pm. From £10.50.

Friday, January 18, 2013


There was me all geared up for tonight's Customs House concert - Kinda Bixish - with Digby Fairweather stepping into the role of the iconic but ultimately tragic cornet player from Davenport, Iowa.
Yes I was looking forward to an evening of Bix. And then the snows came. The warmth of the radiator on the wall and the uncertainty of the buses, meant no Bix for me tonight.
Tomorrow Digby 'does' Ruby Braff at Gosforth but will the weather have improved? Likewise, let's hope conditions are better for Sunday's two girly gigs - Debra at the Bridge and Carly at Hoochie.
Hopefully, at least by Monday, things will have taken a turn for the better and I will make the Paul Edis Jazz Piano Tribute at the Cherry Tree.
Elsewhere, this gig has been listed as being £10 admission giving you 2 courses and the Edis Trio. This was the deal when the venue first started promoting jazz 3/4 years ago but now the deal is 2 courses for £15.

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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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