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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Off Key Big Band @ Beamish Museum February 21

John Gilderoy, Amy Swann, Steveo Fay, John Fay (MD) (Trumpets); Battler Britton (Alto) Beth Sanderson (Tenor) Kris Park (Bari); Gerry Christie (Drums)
(Review by Kath Jobes).
I had heard via Facebook of a big band I had not encountered before who were playing over the half term week at Beamish Museum, and decided to go along for a listen.  My plans for going on Sunday afternoon were scuppered by other things, and I kept thinking I must get down to Beamish… and today I actually made it!
As I walked down the hill from the entrance the sun was shining and fluffy white clouds sailed across the cerulean blue sky… how apt I thought as I approached home farm to the gentle melody of Blue Skies. I entered the hemmel (a shed or covering for cattle with arches in one side) just as the band struck up It Don’t Mean A Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing), and for a greatly diminished band, from their usual cohort of 18, to just 8, there was a great sound!
The Staff dancing out front were encouraging the children to become a Little Brown Jug, as the band kicked off the next tune, and then we were In The Mood as the dancers swung on… The final tune of this short repeating set, as dictated by Beamish Museum was Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree.
I had a chat to the MD and a few members of the band during their break and found out that this band had only started up about 6 months earlier, but they seem to be attracting new members almost on a weekly basis…. And from what I have heard so far I think they will go from strength to strength.  They have some work coming up in South Tyneside soon and they have had increasing interest in their services for functions such as weddings and events.
I had a lovely afternoon in the bright sunshine, even if it was a little bit chilly; I can’t wait to hear the full ensemble of the Off Key Big Band…and I intend to very soon… so watch this space! 
Kath J.

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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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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.)
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