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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Thursday November 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Group Theory - The Globe. 7:30pm. £5.00. Superb Durham University quartet. Dan Garel (alto), Tom Burgess (guitar), Dylan Purches (double bass) & Tristan Bacon (drums).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. concs.).

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Boldron Village Hall, County Durham DL12 9RN. 01833 638210. 7:30pm. £9.00. adult, £20.00. family.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Newcastle Big Band Fans Tune in Tomorrow to Radio 4 - "PM" Programme

An opportunity has come about to talk about John Pearce, my first husband and father of Anna and James, on Radio 4's 'pm' programme. (By Angi) 
This is possible because of a record that was made of the Newcastle Big Band shortly before John died in April 1974.  There were 2000 copies made and sold.  Andy Hudson, who was the brilliant originator and leader of the band, tells me that they are now collector's items - not because of John but because of the bass guitar, Gordon Sumner aka Sting of The Police!
I am excited (think that's the word - nervous certainly applies) to be being interviewed by Eddie Mair on a nostalgia slot on Radio 4's PM programme tomorrow  but the thought of John's trumpet playing being heard over the airwaves is wonderful and would thrill him to bits! 
John spent literally hours writing individual parts for all the members of the Big Band, for every tune they played, as well as rehearsing the almost impossibly high trumpet notes (top D) as heard on the recording of 'MacArthur Park'.
Perhaps those people who crowded into the University Theatre bar in Newcastle to listen to the Big Band every Sunday in the 70s may be listening and can enjoy the memories, too.
Angi.
         PS: Program goes on air at 5pm -(Angi's on at 5:50pm.)  Link

2 comments :

Lance said...

Angi, those were beautiful words - I was almost in tears myself. Very emotive and a poignant memory of those bygone days and worth waiting for the 50 minutes of the hourlong program it took to get there.

russell said...

Having heard the programme I think its time to play my copy of the LP again.

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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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