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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday June 22

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Group Theory - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £6 (£5 in advance) - DUBB past and present members.
Gabriele Heller Quartet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Juggernaut Love Band - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Jazz Café Jam Session March 4.

Piano: Pete Gilligan; Paul Edis; Steve Brown; Joel Brown.
Bass: Paul Grainger; John Pope.
Drums: Paul Wight; Ian Forbes.
Alto: Paul Ruddick.
Tenor: Arthur Higgins; Johnny Davis.
Trumpet: Don Forbes.
Guitar: Simon Stephenson; Mike.
Apologies to anyone I've overlooked.
(Review by Lance).
Another well attended jam session both on and off stage with quite a few surprises. Messrs Gilligan, Grainger and Wight set the benchmark with driving versions of Someday My Prince Will Come, A Petrucciani tune and Horace Silver's Quicksilver. Next up Joel Brown - all of 14 years old -  Joel gave us a very tasteful version of Autumn Leaves followed by Body and Soul. This young man has the potential to go far.
It was a night for pianists! No less than Paul Edis Stepped Out of a Dream with Ian Forbes who stepped into a drum (kit). Magic. Steve Brown, father and mentor of the aforementioned Joel, took over at the upright for All the Things You Are and All of Me. Like father like son was the thought that ran through my mind.
A break then a couple of guitar duets by Simon Stephenson on amplified acoustic and a guy named Mike on what looked like a Telecaster. A distinct hot club feel to their two numbers the second one of which was Fly Me To the Moon. Mike tells me he plays in a Hawaiian swing band - the Hawaiian Hinnies (or maybe its the Whi-I-Man Hinnies? whatever, I  say Hawaii the lads!)
Time for the horns to move in.
John Pope was now on bass and Don Forbes and Johnny Davis blew on I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free then So What? Paul Ruddick materialised during the course of this one.
Arthur Higgins gave us some Tenor Madness before leaving us In a Sentimental Mood. It was also time for me to leave. I suspect Lindsay Hannon or Kath Jobes may have added some vocal touches.
To sum up, a jolly good night was had by all!
PS: Paul Wight asked for and received a round of applause in memory of the late Mick Danby whose funeral it was today. RIP Mick. Fond memories.

1 comment :

  1. just brilliant, sorry me and Stu can't get there for a while, but as soon as we can we will. Meantime, I will keep enjoying the blog!


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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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