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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.– (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore (Down Beat May 11, 1972).

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

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1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
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Today Thursday May 5

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Victory, Killingworth Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1SY. 1:00pm. Free.
Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead. 5pm. "The A + B of Café Songbook".
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. John Brett (ten); Mark Toomey (alt); Kevin Eland (tpt). - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Peter Gilligan Quartet - The Empty Shop, Framwwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. £5/£4 (students). 8pm.
Matt Holborn Quartet - Hamsterley Village Hall, nr. Bishop Auckland DL13 3QF. 7:30pm. £22 (family); £7.50 (adult); £5 (child). 7:30pm.
Dave Lee's Jazzmen - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8:30pm. £3/£2:50.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jazz Caf Refugees @ The Star.

Lindsay Hannon Plus: Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); John Pope (bs); Mark Robertson (dms).
Jam Session: Paul Gowland (ten); Mike Papapavlou (gtr); Pope/Katie Trigger (bs); Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Crombie may be gone but his legacy lingers on. I wonder if he ever dreamed that he would be remembered in this way? - Probably not.
However, this latest venture indicates that the gone but not forgotten tag will be around for a while longer.
There was a goodly turnout on this, the first of a series of gigs to attempt to re-create the "Caff". Of course they never will - how could they? It was unique. Nevertheless, Lindsay got things rolling with a powerful set that included standards, blues and a lot of Joni Mitchell.
Mark Williams crafted solos that rubber stamped his credentials in the jazz guitar hierarchy and John Pope did just that on double bass. Mark Robertson kept it moving whilst Lindsay, trouper that she is, rose above the sometimes noisy audience. If she'd moved from trouper to trooper it would have been forgiveable but the lady took it all in her stride.
The jam brought Paul Gowland on tenor and Mike P on guitar to augment Pope (Later, Katie Trigger came off the subs bench for a rare appearance on double bass) and Robertson on Alone Together. It made for an exciting contrast and it would be nice to see the weekly sessions build up from this promising start.
Next week it's PG3 - Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger and drummer.
Support it you jazz guys.
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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