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Bebop Spoken There

Marian McPartland: "When the Basie band was at Birdland I lived there" - (Melody Maker January 3, 1953). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Robert Glasper: “I don’t understand how people can record standards, just play them in a standard fashion then expect people to get excited.” – (Jazzwise August 2015).

Archives.

Friday August 28

Afternoon.
Rendezvous Jazz
- Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free.
Ruth Lambert/Paul Edis - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 4.30pm. 0191 2331010. Free.
Evening.
‘Gin & Jazz’ - Live jazz with Eliza Lawson - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £25.00. Three-course meal.
George Shovlin & the Radars- Dun Cow. High Street West, Sunderland. 8:00pm. £4.00.

Friday, February 01, 2013

January Jazz Jam @ Hoochie Coochie. January 31.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms) plus guests..
A rousing first set that included Whisper Not, Joyspring and Blue Rondo a la Turk as well as pieces by Jim Hall, Bill Evans and Bob Mintzer. All four guys were firing on all cylinders with Pete outstanding on Joyspring
Interval time and the second set looked even more promising. Don Forbes, Paul Gowland were present with instrument cases, Eric Stutt had his sticks, Debra her vocal chords...
Trombonist Joe Fowler, an alto player, a drummer and a bass player whose names I didn't catch joined Pete and Mark. Unfortunately, after three numbers from Gabby (pictured in photo by Kaveh Emami) - Loverman, Lullaby of Birdland and 'Roind Midnight with solos all round - time began to run out. A blues mama sang Stormy Monday and Lindsay Hannon chipped in with I Thought About You and This Can't Be Love by which time the instrumentalists had left and what had the potential to be a great night was downgraded to just a very good night.
Photos by Kaveh Emami.
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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