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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)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Tyne Valley Big Band & Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Phoenix, Hexham. March 27

(Review by Russell)
Approaching the Phoenix the thought occurred that on walking into the place it could be an audience of one. How wrong could I be? The place was packed! Hexham is the home of the Tyne Valley Big Band. MD Dave Hignett’s commitment to music education is well known throughout the north east and beyond.
The TVBB is a big band – eight trumpets, ten saxophones, four trombones (four, is that all?), piano, guitar, bass and two drummers. The youth band, formed less than two months ago, has been gigging and competed in the recent Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. The sections comprise eleven trumpets, five saxophones, three trombones and a rhythm section of piano, guitar, bass and drums.
The young musicians had their supporters out in force – parents, grandparents, siblings. The set list included stock funk material – Herbie Hancock (Chameleon) and the Hypnotic Brass Band. Hignett encouraged his charges – they could achieve anything – and sprung a surprise on them…You (pointing, smiling)…solo! Nowt like being thrown in the deep end! They survived, they thrived, they heard the applause.
Satin Doll…the young musicians weren’t keen to rehearse it, Hignett persuaded them otherwise. Great stuff! The set closer – Lady Madonna – came too soon but there was much to fit in at this end of term gathering before Hignett and co went out for a curry. The senior band cracked on – Hayburner, Sway, Wonderwall, RESPECT  (soul sister Barbara Hignett, vocals), Pink Panther (theme), Apple Honey. Impressive soloists stepped up with members of the youth band watching on (there time will come) including Andrea DeVere (tenor) and narrowly avoiding a hernia, top C trumpeter Alistair Lord. As a finale Hignett brought the two bands together (all twenty seven million of them) for one last blast. What a blast! Checkout the band’s website for news of up coming gigs www.tynevalleybigband.co.uk                 
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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