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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ballads and Blues @ The Jazz Café - April 25.













John Rowland (ten); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Steve Doyle (dms).
(Review by Lance/ photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The Jazz Café had an air of vibrancy about it tonight. Seats were at a premium and the noise levels were high. However, an early arrival, meant we had the most comfortable seats in the room and, with the chatterers behind us, were able to wallow in the music.
And it was worth wallowing - particularly with a bottle of Workie Ticket to add to the ambience.
Rowland is from the big-toned school of tenor players - think Ike Quebec, Arnett Cobb or Lockjaw Davis and you've got the picture. Gilligan and Grainger are Jazz Café legends - Grainger had already put in a half shift at Darlo Jazz Festival before turning out tonight - and Steve Doyle is one of the most sympatico drummers around. Throw the four of them into a musical wok and you'll never be hungry again.
The gig was advertised as Ballads and Blues and that's exactly what we got. Don't Get Around Much Any More, Monk's Bright Mississippi, Loverman, Just You, Just Me, Sister Sadie and an evocative rendition of These Foolish Things were but some of the B and Bs.
Regrettably my Saturday night Metro/Bus combination meant missing the later part of the evening's music but what I heard was PDG.
Lance.

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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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