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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lindsay Hannon Plus Plus @ Hoochie Coochie May 16.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten); Graham Hardy (tpt); Alex Leathard (tmb); James Harrison (pno); John Pope (bs); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Ironic that, as the Hoochie jazz nights draw to a close, the crowds increase and tonight was very well attended for a stonking session by Lindsay and her plus plus. The extra plus being the horn section of Gowland, Hardy and Leathard. Paul's had a busy 24 hours - Star the night previous, Uni gig this afternoon and this one. All brilliant in their own way.

However, it was the basic plus that helped Lindsay hit the ground running with her "Wham Bang Thank You Mam" version of The Very Thought of You. Not my idea of how this most romantic of ballads should be treat but it has to be said that Lindsay does it very well. So Long Big Time with its effectively double tempoed mid-chorus followed and James Harrison soled with panache.
The first of the horns showed on I'm a Fool to Want You - Hardy blowing a tightly muted solo. Gowland next on I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues. This was a real blast! The Hissing of the Summer Lawns added slideman Leathard and all three horns swung out on Honeysuckle Rose but the piece de resistance was Lindsay's take on Bjork's It's So Quiet - which it was (at first!)
It was a good opening set despite or maybe even because of the crowd noises. The atmosphere was that of an old time jazz club (sans smoke) with the cognescenti sitting listening intently down front and the less committed drinking and chatting at the bar yet still absorbing the music without being shushed. 
If you want a sepulchral atmosphere go to church or to a concert hall not a bar.
The second set began with What a Little Moonlight Can do and featured a boisterous Leathard trombone solo. Leonard Cohen's Suzanne, Is You Is or Is You Ain't my Baby? and a song, the title of which escapes me but contains the immortal line When I was five you tried to drown me. followed
I had to leave around about this point but the evening had been a great success. Lindsay, the horns and the rhythm section of Harrison, Pope and Robertson gelled to perfection.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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