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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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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 :

  1. 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!

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  2. Nice one lance!

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  3. Was Elvis working there too?

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  4. For a brief moment I thought that read Burl Ives.

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  5. 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.
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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