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Bebop Spoken There

Billie Holiday: “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.– (Down Beat November 1, 1939).

Bunny Berigan: “We know that there are plenty of swing fans in the country wanting it--and we propose to give it [swing] to them.– (Down Beat May, 1938).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Friday February 12

Afternoon
Andrea Pattison/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free. 4:30pm.
Graeme Wilson Quartet - Gala theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Evening
Not Now Charlie/Saxophonics - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £5/£3 (conc), 9pm.
Northern Monkey Brass Band - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £5. 8pm.
Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - Queen's Hall, Hexham NE46 3LS. £10. 8pm. 01434 652477.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
Anth Purdy ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ - Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead. NE8 2BA. 8:00pm. Free.

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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