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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Monday February 27

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Taupe @ King’s Hall. March 20

(Review by Russell)
Thursdays, term time, is the time students take to the stage to do their thing in front of their peers and the public. Young musicians – classical, folk, rock, jazz, experimental, other – perform in familiar surroundings, to a supportive audience. This week, of interest to Bebop Spoken Here, were Taupe. Three musicians keen to experiment, with a CD about to hit the streets, presented one original piece – Mammatus – and the barometer of success (audience response) registered high on the scale. 
Drummer Adam Stapleford inserted ear plugs knowing that the trio would gradually crank it up. Alto saxophonist Jamie Stockbridge acted as storm chaser, seeking the thrill of being swept away by the developing squall. Mike Parr-Burman’s portentous riffs threatened to do damage but he kept things in check in King’s Hall. As a taster for the trio’s CD launch, this vignette augured well. The launch night is at the Head of Steam (opposite Newcastle Central Station), Wednesday 26 March. 7:30 pm, £5.00. on the door. Support from Yeah You and Hannabiell and Yilis. Hip hop and funk djs will fill the void(s) ‘til late.   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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