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Bebop Spoken There

Tim Berne: "My guys improvise. They're not going to do something just because it works, or it worked the night before." - (Downbeat December 2004.)

Barry McRae: “Arguments about the importance or even the necessity for improvisation in jazz are never likely to be resolved.” – (Jazz Journal December 1992)

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Today Tuesday January 24

Afternoon.
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Evening.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Burandanga @ Hoochie Coochie April 18.

Gemma Hutton/Belinda Voshtina (vcls); Alan Law (pno); Ian Simpson (gtr); Katy Trigger (bs); Paco Rivera/Carlos Rivera (perc.).
(Review by Lance).
Good Friday, Bad Friday, Any Friday "The Toon" is overrun with packs of hunters and predators roaming the streets in search of watering holes and mating opportunities. Those hoping to score for something more stimulating may have been drawn to Hoochie Coochie who were advertising Burundanga Free!
However, it wasn't the drug Burundanga but the band known as Burundanga.
The drug is said to be an anti-depressant and, take it from me, so is the band!
It was party night and the floor was awash with cha-cha-charing, mamboing, rhumbaing, bossa novaing couples letting it all hang out to the infectious rhythms of South and Central America. Maracas were dished out amongst the audience to add to the pulse rates that were increasing by the second. Cocktails may have been 2 for the price of 1 but the adrenaline was available for free.
Vocalists Gemma and Belinda sang in Spanish or was it Portuguese? which was great - vocals in a foreign language come across as a form scat singing. The cousins Rivera excelled in a manner similar to their recent performance at the Bridge with the Havana Club 5. Simpson, Law and Ms Trigger kept the party aglow with some inspired soloing making this a truly  Cuban Carnival. Indeed Alan Law is starting to look like a Cuban national!
Catch them at Darlington's Voodoo Café next Friday as part of the Darlo Jazz Festival.
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.
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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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