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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bird Lives!

Jazz legend and creator of the jazz form known as Bebop, Charlie 'Yardbird' Parker who was thought to have died in 1955 has reportedly been discovered working in a Newcastle jazz delicatessen selling "Bop Licks".
Parker looked well for a 95 year old.
Asked why he wasn't recording or doing gigs he replied that he was sick of giving his licks away for free and he'd decided that Now's The Time. You could, he told BSH, buy the whole Yardbird Suite for a fiver, Salt Peanuts for a quid and the store was open till 'Round Midnight.
We enquired as to who was buried in his grave? Parker said that it could be anybody - Sonny Stitt, Sonny Criss, folks couldn't tell the difference between us.
A local jazz organisation plans to buy Parker a new reed and to present him in concert at the Jazz Café or maybe a Splinter @ The Bridge session.
We are at present awaiting Confirmation of this.
However, BSH's Jazz Historian Russell described the story as BUNK!
Leonard Featherbrain.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

I have to say this story is obviously untrue, since the coroner who saw Parker after his death at 34 thought he was at least 60, then Bird couldn't possibly be looking well for a 95 year old. He must look at least 180!

John Forster (on F/b) said...

Nice one lance!

Jim Fay (on F/b) said...

Was Elvis working there too?

Keith Tulip (on F/b) said...

For a brief moment I thought that read Burl Ives.

Patti Durham (on F/b) said...

Yeah - I thought that was the place that Elvis was working - or used to do part time. Before he went on that crazy diet plan .... Excellent post, Lance! xx

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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