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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "Some musicians give the listeners the feeling: 'Be glad you're here, that you've been allowed in' " - (Downbeat January 13, 1954).
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Sonny Rollins: “He [Orrin Keepnews, record producer] gave a lot of guys the opportunity to do a lot of things – Cannonball, who was one of his favorites, McCoy, Monk – so I think he was very helpful to a lot of musicians who needed to be recorded.” – (Jazz Times May 2015).

Today Tuesday May 26

Afternoon.
STRONGER JAZZ VOICES (Tutor Zoe Gilby) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - It's today!.
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BELL & BUCKET NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Bell & Bucket, 37 Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Classic New Orleans - Day Two of the BB Jazz Festival!
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ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR (Tutor James Birkett)- The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - Back June 2.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back June 16.
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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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DAVID CARNEGIE QUINTET - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £10/£8. 8pm.
Schmazz present former Newcastle based drummer David Carnegie. Now based in Edinburgh he brings a top notch band frae Scotland to the upper room. Highly recommended!
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BILL LAURANCE PROJECT - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £15/£12.50.
If you saw Snarky Puppy here you won't want to miss this performance by original SP member.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) Tonight's the night!
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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.
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THE JAZZ MACHINE - Queen's Head, Cullercoats. 7pm. Free.
Modern quartet with Pepe Greenaway (alt); Adam Sams (gtr); Dave Parker (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
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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 - Back June 2.
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Back June 2
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Back June 2.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back on June 9.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Interview with Anne DeVere


Anne, did you have a musical background?
My parents were both musical--father pianist, mother singer--they played in Concert parties in the 1930's.
Who were your early favourites?
My first inspiration was butterscotch Ella Fitzgerald, then came Carmen McRae and Peggy Lee.
Do you recall your first gigs?
First gig was at the Rex Hotel Whitley Bay with a Big Band but within a few weeks I got the gig at La Dolce Vita with the Bob Stephenson Quintet 7 nights per week.
There must be many things that stand out from those days...
Highlight was going to a party with Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and having a long chat with Eric Dixon, tenor player in Basie band.
Any others?
2 Trips to New York, great Jazz at the Blue Note and uptown Smoke.
Was kissed by Toots Theilemans and chatted to Benny Golson at Smoke. Have loads of pics but they are framed!
Favourite discs?
Always more into Jazz quintets and spent my pocket money at Windows buying 'Blue Note' and Esquire pressings e.g Oliver Nelson, Lee Morgan, Shelly Manne at the Black Hawk and fell overboard for Vic Feldman.
What did you do after La Dolce Vita?
I worked semi pro with a few dance outfits. Once did a gig with violin, accordion, and drums YIKE!! and got the Job at The Mayfair Ballroom with Wilf Ray's Band.
You did however, also do many gigs with Bill alongside some very well known names.
I have done, with Bill over the last 20 years, we worked with the great British heroes-----------Alan Barnes, Roy Williams, Bruce Adams, Warren Vaché (American), the lovely Tommy Whittle and Janusz Carmello - Ok that's enough name dropping!!
How do you see yourself?
I am regarded as a singer but my knowledge of instrumental jazz and personnel  even surprised Bill, my husband. I could pick out bass players on Albums I had never heard before -- (my party piece). I am a friend of Spike Heatley here in France and we swap CDs. We have the same warped sense of humour. 
Do you work in France?
Not doing anything just now but have worked here at various venues including the Jazz Fest at Chateauneuf-du Faou where Bruce Adams sometimes plays.
Dislikes?
I hate 'fire at the zoo 'jazz'. 
The future?
Not sure about MY future never mind the jazz scene but will keep on truckin' till the end!!
Thanks Anne - Perhaps now that Roly's back at the Black Bull we may see you and Bill at Blaydon sometime?
Who knows?  
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.
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