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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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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 Morning April 27

(Review by Russell (AKA Tolstoy).
On the last day of the 2014 Darlington Jazz Festival musicians, event organisers and fans decamped from HQ (The Forum Music Centre) with all departures for the Head of Steam on North Road. The organisers’ team of volunteers worked non-stop to ensure the site at Darlington Railway Museum would be ready to welcome hundreds of visitors from 11:00 in the morning ‘til late at night. Drizzle greeted the early arrivals alighting the Darlington Jazz Festival Express. The red beans and rice catering outlet (aka the burger van) parked up at the entrance to the grounds of the old station, the main performance space a deluxe marquee and as a bonus festival goers gained free entry to the Head of Steam Museum!
Approaching the old station buildings - and using a little imagination - the scene could well be that of the decaying remnants of the Confederate Deep South. The day’s events - tagged Jazz in an unconventional setting - began with a New Orleans brass band playing on the porch. Jazz in My Pants play it like a band on the streets of the Big Easy. Young, energetic, committed, fantastic. Two trombones, two trumpets, two percussionists, alto sax, tuba, trainers and hoodies. Inspired by some of the ‘real deal’ musicians from New Orleans on a visit to the Durham: Brass Festival, these young north east musicians have embraced the music with enthusiasm. The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (non-stop funkin’ tuba), Pharrell Williams’ Happy (perfect material), Thriller (it was) and Billie Jean and more and more! St James’ Infirmary - the funereal opening with vocals, Louis’ joyous vocal coda - great fun, well done, as good as many a New Orleans outfit from Preservation Hall to Ned Kelly’s in down town Kowloon. 
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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