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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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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 29, 2014

Darlington Jazz Festival. Sunday Evening Part One April 27

(Review by Russell (AKA Tolstoy).
The evening session (the Darlington Jazz Club showcase) saw the transformation of the marquee. A few tables were moved around, the chandeliers dusted, beer supplies checked, stage reset. Tutors Ian Robinson (trumpet) and Chris Hibbard rounded up their young charges for a concert performance by the Little Big Band. Described as the Darlington and Durham Big Band, it is the feeder band from which the young musicians will, in due course, progress to the Durham County Youth Big Band.
Moondance got everyone in the groove before the ensemble took on a real challenge. My Funny Valentine is a tune for the experienced musician but believe it or not the budding musicians in the Little Big Band did themselves proud. Groove Pavement had a few unsuspecting talents thrust into the spotlight. The tutors pointing You! Yes. You! and up stepped a fledgling soloist to take a couple of bars or more. Terrified, maybe. Stars, every one of them! At precisely 6:50 pm there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (tent). In the audience a girl was celebrating her sixth birthday. She had given up her birthday party to hear the Little Big Band. Band and audience, led by Ian Robinson’s trumpet, played and sang Happy Birthday. A rollicking Bill Bailey concluded a great set.
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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