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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Brandling Villa. April 1

Henry’s Swing Club, Newcastle’s longest running blues jam, convenes once a month (first Tuesday) at the Brandling Villa. The revitalised South Gosforth hostelry boasts countless real ales (Wylam’s Gold Tankard the pick), regular live music nights, beer festivals, legendary pie festivals and a dog-friendly welcome. A pea-souper of a night threatened, the Brandling a welcome sight. The joint was jumpin’. Hoochie Coochie Men and Black Magic Women crowded the room. I Need Your Love So Bad…A cast of thousands, a guitar night, expensive hardware – Les Pauls, f-hole Gibsons, Strats, Telecasters. Harp players wailed, Lounge Lizards lounged, Boneshakers shook down at the Crossroads. Early period Beatles and Stones (The Last Time), My Babe, Aint’t No Sunshine (tenor sax and vocals beguiled the Black Magic Women), The Thrill Is Gone, Hoochie Coochie Man…first rate playing, not a duffer in sight. See you next month…
Johnny B. Goode.        

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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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