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Toots Thielemans: "The basic thing is that I play the harmonica as an instrument, not a toy." (DownBeat September 23, 1953).

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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

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

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hula Bluebirds @ Customs House, South Shields Friday February 15.

Jake Rodriguez (gtr/vcl/uke); Martin Wheatley (gtr/uke/ etc.); David Croft (uke/magic).
(Review by Lance.)
This was a zany, yakka hula hickey dula ride through various genre Hawaiian style.
It was jazz - with Martin Wheatley taking the bulk of the solos it couldn't be anything else"
But it was also Hawaiian, Country, Rock - it was everything but, most of all, it was entertainment.
This band were here to put on a show and they did just that.
When was the last time you heard a jazz version of A Wee Deoch and Doris? - I bet even Tommy Smith and SNJO don't have that one in the book!
Suitably clad in Hawaiian shirts, the trio took the room by storm. Wheatley may have been playing laptop Hawaiian but his solos owed as much to the other 49 states as they did to the 50th.
Rodrigues sang lead and played rhythm.- he kept it all together throwing in a bit of yodelling on Jimmy Rodgers' Treasures Untold..
Then there was David Croft. Rhythm ukulele he was good at, a floor show of magical card tricks he was ok at too. It was the things he could do with balloons that really rang the bell - quite amazing.
This was a fun evening and they do it all over again at Trinity Centre Gosforth tonight - don't miss it.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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