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Bebop Spoken There

Jimi Durso: "Be in tune when you hit the stage [At a jam session]. Also, bring a list of songs you know." - (DownBeat October 2018).

Jazzmeia Horn: "She's not a jazz singer whoever she is [Aretha Franklin]." - (Blindfold Test, DownBeat October 2018).

Today Wednesday September 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00. 20th anniversary of Jazz at Springwell. Guests.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio led by Bradley Johnston.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Curse of the Banjo and Other Stories

This evening I was wearing my other musical head, at South Shields Folk Club, where there was an   entertaining, and true, banjo story and also many burger tales (or should it be tails!).
John, a banjo player, who is also a model railway enthusiast, was at a model railway exhibition some years ago.  He was playing his banjo to entertain himself when the stall was quiet.  Another stallholder complained to the exhibition manager, instead of approaching John first, and the manager told him to stop playing, which he did reluctantly.  John returned to the same exhibition last year – the other stallholder was nowhere to be seen and it turned out that the exhibition manager was dead!  John reckons this was the curse of the banjo!
Burger jokes:
Heard in Tesco ‘I’ll have a fiver each way on that burger’
A certain supermarket is selling a new line in burgers – My Lidl pony
My wife and I ate horseburgers from Tesco, they were good but we got the trots
I bought a bottle of Bacardi, a bottle of navy rum and some burgers – white rum, dark rum and Red Rum.
I showed the assistant in Tesco’s the barcode and she handed me a zebra.
Ann Alex

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Apropos of nothing in particular and banjos in general, in Dublinese, the verb 'to banjo' means to commit a violent act against some usually innocent bystanders (This may apply to jazz audiences listening to banjo solos). For reference see Christy Moore's song 'The Crack was Ninety in the Isle of Man'. This may explain the curse of the banjo...but on the other hand, maybe not.

Ann Alexander said...

I'm surprised (or maybe not!) to find that there is a prejudice against banjos in the jazz world as well as in the folk music world. In folk, the bodhran drum is also joked about - it's a one-sided drum held in the hand, and it's more difficult to play than you'd suppose - I know as I've tried. Perhaps all musical instruments are good if played well, so I wonder how these prejudices get started?
Ann Alex

Lance said...

The problem with the Bodhran is that nobody knows the correct pronunciation unless they live in a hamlet situated close to a peat bog near Tipperary. However, the pronunciation is probably totally different in Kildare - it certainly is in Jarrow.
As regards the unmentionable - Bloody Awful Noise Jazz Oddity - Its failings are in melodic charm, harmonic depth, and the ability to sooth the savaged breast. In it's favour, it is lethal in a game of Conkers.

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