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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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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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