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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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Lance

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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.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Newcastle Big Band Memorabilia

The trips the Newcastle Big Band made to San Sebastian are the stuff of north east legend and I was fortunate to be a very small part of that legend. Dave Brown (sax/clt) who was heavily involved in setting up the gigs has uncovered some more photos which can be seen here. There are also shots of the band within a band the Tyne River Jazzmen. For those curious, this was in the pre-Sting days!
Lance.
As a footnote, a few weeks back I was in one of the supermarkets and couldn't believe my eyes when I came across a tee shirt with "San Sebastian" emblazoned across the chest. I had to have it even though I still have the faded original jazz festival one. In the above photo I'm the zonked out sax player on the left of the picture. Charlie Carmichael is the soloist and Dave Brown at the far right of the saxes..

2 comments :

Patti (on F/b) said...

Coool - as they say, Lance!

Simon Spillett said...

It's a small world: when I was a (very) young child my Dad had his own big band, in which the tenor soloist was none other than Dave Brown. When the band disbanded in the late 1970's and Dave moved down to Surrey he kept in touch with my parents via Christmas cards and the like and was delighted to know that the teenaged son of his old bandleader had taken up the saxophone - me!

Fast forward to 2000 and I was in a big band that did a handful of gigs at Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham and elsewhere and who was next to me on tenor? You've guessed it! Dave. The band was co-run by Phil Doggett.

On a more personal note, Dave was a great help with my sound: he was the one who told me to try a more "open" Link mouthpiece back in 2002: I did and it transformed things for me! I'll see if I can dig out a photo of Dave with my Dad's band.

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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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