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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.

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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