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Bebop Spoken There

Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Wednesday January 18

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Ruth Lambert w. Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Note earlier start and a small increase in admission.
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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 Afternoon Interlude. April 27

(Review by Russell (AKA Tolstoy).
A key component of the Darlington Jazz Festival is the community involvement of musicians, tutors, volunteer workers and audience (in some cases they are all of these things). This year Matt Roberts (trumpet) acted as the festival’s Jazz Educator in Residence. A local lad made good, it is wonderful to see Roberts return and as they say, ‘put something back’. 
A natural communicator, engaging with all, he conducted a workshop earlier in the weekend and on this Sunday afternoon assembled his students on the step of a station footbridge (an exhibit in the Head of Steam Museum) to perform a few train-related numbers. At the top of the stairs, partly hidden from view, the rhythm section (Tom Curry, guitar, a workshop student elevated to the role of tutor!, Amy Baker (bass) and drummer Stephen Fletcher) provided the security blanket. The student players on the steps below framed by vintage station signs rescued from a skip (This platform for Seaton Carew). The frontline tutors - Roberts, Alex Baker (tenor), Johnny Dunn (flugel) and Chris Hibbard (trombone) - listened to and played with the ensemble on Blue Train, My Little Suede Shoes, Night Train and Take the A Train. Students ranged in age from, perhaps, ten year olds to a 86 years old piano player exercising his arm for the first time as a trombonist! Big names make festivals, they are the attraction, but make no mistake, this student assembly (an essential element of the festival) made the day. 
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.
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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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