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Toots Thielemans: "The basic thing is that I play the harmonica as an instrument, not a toy." (DownBeat September 23, 1953).

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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

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

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

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Alan Glen Trio @ Cherry Tree, Jesmond. July 1.

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (dms); Paul Wight (dms).
Some things defy words  - classics. My Prawn Cocktail starter fell into that category and so did Alan Glen's version of Love For Sale. Both set the mood for an evening of good food and great jazz. Like Someone in Love followed and it was apparent that the maestro and his two henchmen were up for it.
Although restricting himself to brushes Wight didn't let that stop him swinging and Pope was as sympathetic as ever to Glen's harmonically rich renditions.
Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are was delightful and my Fillet of Seabass, Fregola Pasta, Confit Tomatoes and Spiced Crab Aioli was delicious in fact, like the next tune, it was But Beautiful.
Girl From Ipanema and Blue Monk accompanied Strawberry Parfait, Meringue, Strawberries and Crumble washed down with a bottle of Black Sheep and digested with Yardbird Suite, When I Fall in Love and The Song is You.
It was an evening to remember for all the right reasons.
We don't hear the Alan Glen Trio often enough so catch them when next you can.
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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