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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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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

Jazz Café Jam Session April 1.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Stuart Finden (ten); Fiona Finden (ten/vcl); Ian Forbes (dms); Ray Truscott (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance/Photos by Mike Tilley).
The ever enterprising Peter Gilligan, after removing the front of the piano and, in the process, taking the music stand with it, attached the lead sheet of In Walked Bud to the lid of the upright with a strip of  Gaffa tape. Problem solved!
In Walked Bud was the opener which set the scene for a lively evening's jamming. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Horace Silver's Lonely Woman, an original by Gilligan in 3/4 time - Mr. 88's creative abilities aren't restricted to improvising music stands - nor indeed are those of the two Pauls with drummer Paul putting the boot in and bassist Paul the soft shoe!
Enter les deux Findens.
All the Things You Are, Sugar, a Hank Mobley tune I recognised but couldn't put a name to (was it Dig This? - No, This I Dig of You) and In a Sentimental Mood with a vocal by Fiona.
The arrival of Ian Forbes gave Wight a break and, after re-arranging the kit, it was Jim Hall's Waltz New. No More Blues and Silver's St. Vitus Dance (I think) followed.
"Forbesy" was in fine form his playing never without a sense of humour!
Ray Truscott added his six string bass guitar to the mix giving respite to the recently released from hospital Grainger. I'll Remember April - not difficult seeing as how the month had just begun! Stu returned for St. Thomas and 'Round Midnight. Paul Wight was back at the kit selecting a suitable pair of sticks/brushes for the latter opus. I swear a drumming centipede would have less sticks in his bag than Wight. Nevertheless, Paul used the chosen pair effectively.
Have You Met Miss Jones and Pent Up House rounded off the evening for me and it had been worth the trip through mist and fog.
Lance.

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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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