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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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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 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.
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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