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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Customs House Big Band Open Rehearsal/Concert @ The New Crown. March 4

(Review by Russell)
MD Peter Morgan assembles his troops first Tuesday in the month at the New Crown Hotel down on South Shields seafront. The hotel’s function room resembles the Village Vanguard or the Iridium on a typical Monday night, a musician’s night. Alright, the hotel doesn’t resemble any of the New York nite spots. One can but dream! A pint of Marston’s Pedigree (medicinal purposes, ‘man flu’), a front row seat, the audience outnumbered by the band by a ratio of at least 3:1.
Sitting close up it is possible to observe the inner workings of a big band. A section, saxophones on this occasion, dismantled, diagnosed, repaired, like Humpty Dumpty, put together again. To the casual observer the trombones and trumpets weren’t paying attention – chatter, a joke, minds elsewhere. But wait: Let’s take it from bar 38 (or some such point) and all are ready under the baton of Mr Morgan. Hold it, hold it! Morgan has spotted an errant semi-quaver. Such is the attention to detail.
The band is fast approaching its next concert date – March 21, Customs House, South Shields – and vocalist Ruth Lambert arrived keen to run through two or three numbers. The Lady is a Tramp, Somewhere Over the Rainbow (how do singers remember the lyrics?), Come Fly with Me (a Desert Island tune, for sure) were just three of the pieces worked on. It’ll be alright on the night, that’s for certain. Make a date – the Customs House, March 21 and first Tuesday in the month at the New Crown Hotel on Mowbray Road, South Shields. Keep checking Bebop Spoken Here for news of the Customs House Big Band’s forthcoming concert dates.             
Russell.

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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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