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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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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 22, 2014

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. April 21

Brian Chester (keyboards, trombone, silly hat), Derek Fleck (clarinet, tenor saxophone, silly hat), John Carstairs Hallam (double bass) & Ollie Rillands (drums & vocals) + Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Miles Watson (trumpet,) Roy Gibson (keyboards), Doris Fenn (banjo), John Broddle (vocals), Theresa Armstrong (vocals) & Lisa Murphy (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Easter Monday, sunshine, Metro to the coast packed (buckets and spades, screaming tots, tattoos, harmless pit-bulls). A nice day to sit on the prom and watch the disembarked disport themselves. To more pressing matters…an afternoon of jazz in the Crescent Club. The club, like the train, packed, standing room only.
The regulars – band and audience – assembled in good time, the beers on the bar the best selection by far to be found in a north east CIU club. Consett Brewery’s Last Tap the first to be sampled as John Broddle sang Easter Parade (topical, if nothing else). Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams suggested Broddle, backed by Brian Chester (piano, DIY multi coloured mini umbrella hat) and Derek Fleck (tenor, distressed straw hat). Chester’s verdict on JB’s efforts an encouraging ‘absolutely average’. Drummer Ollie Rillands met a (regular) request speeding along Route 66. Lawrence McBriarty (trombone) brought a little respectability to proceedings on Jazz Me Blues and Nagasaki.
The Monday session welcomes sitters-in and a new name got up to sing a couple of numbers including Autumn Leaves. The name to note is Lisa Murphy. Several generations younger than the boys in the band, Ms Murphy should sit in elsewhere (the Jazz Café’s jam session, perhaps), a voice to be heard again.
The interval – another beer (the Maxim Brewery’s Wanted Simcoe Kid), a natter, a raffle ticket. One lucky (unlucky?) person got to choose between a bottle of wine and a CD. Derek Fleck implored the winner to ‘take the Glenn Miller thing away’! Fleck picked up his tenor, assumed his Lester Young stance (slumped along the leather upholstered seating) and accompanied the eternally youthful Theresa Armstrong on Mean to Me
Things were hotting up. Roy Gibson sat at the piano, Miles Watson (trumpet) got up and Mr Chester played trombone alongside Mr McBriarty. The estimable Doris Fenn (banjo) joined the engine room boys (Rillands and double bassist John Carstairs Hallam) as a marmalade of clarinets (Fleck and Barry Soulsby) upped the ante. The Loch Ness Brewery’s Wilderness called out to be supped as a jam session threatened. Time waits for no jam session, time to go, there’s always next week.         
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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