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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).

Alan Plater: “He [Terry Chaplin] sometimes played records at Jill's house, but music born in the bars and brothels of New Orleans did not sit happily in the semi-detached desirability of an executive estate.– (The Beiderbecke Tapes by Alan Plater).

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 Saturday February 13

Afternoon
Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel. Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 1:30pm. Free.
Evening
Lindsay Hannon/James Harrison - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ. 7:pm. Free.
Pete Gilligan/Joel Byrne-McCullough- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Blue Jazz Quintet + Minnie Fraser - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ Hexham Jazz Club, Exchange Café, Queens Hall, Feb, 28, 2013.

Debra delivered two great sets with her ensemble of Dave Parker (double bass), Rob Bates (drums), and the amazing Steve Glendinning (guitar). The programme was full of variety and delighted the appreciative and attentive audience. 
There were the be-bop tonal tongue-twisters that Debra sings beautifully and apparently effortlessly (Jordu was cracking). There were uplifting numbers that steamed along - full of joy – like No More Blues. There were the groove based delights of Temptation and Equinox, and then there were the real gems: the Steve Glendinning and Debra Milne originals. Show me the Man is a tender masterpiece of guitar and voice; Don’t Come 'Round Here Anymore and Stay can go straight into the Milne/Glendinning Real Book whenever that comes out. They ended with a warm and engaging musical tribute to the Jazz Café, celebrating the late Keith Crombie and the Toon’s brotherhood of jazz.
Hazel Hanley.

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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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