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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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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 23, 2014

The Jazz Machine @ The Victoria, Whitley Bay. April 22

Pepe Greenaway (alto saxophone), Jayne Robertson (flute), Tony Kindlan (guitar), Dave Parker (bass), Peter Ninnim (drums), Richard Herdman (guitar) & Ray Burns (harmonica & guitar)
(Review by Russell)
The Victoria on Whitley Road is a big roadhouse of a pub. Chelsea’s European adventure occupied the many plasma screens, a range of ‘popular’ (non-real ale) beers occupied the bar, sophisticated locals drinking brand lager from flower vases. A buskers’ night delayed by the football (FT 0-0), the jazz cats were at it, undisturbed, in the upstairs room. 
A pint of Guinness ordered, ascending the stairs the music of John Coltrane could be heard. Taking a seat alongside a familiar face in the audience (the familiar face was the audience), the format of the session led by altoist Pepe Greenaway resembled that of Dave Weisser’s long-running Take it to the Bridge workshop. Jazz cats running through a few tunes, much banter, admiring glances at an old valve amp, some sitting out to replenish a glass.
Love for Sale, Bye Bye Blackbird, a false start to What is This Thing Called Love?, drummer Peter Ninnim wanting it uptempo. I’ll count it in he said. Flautist Jayne Robertson knew the tunes, she also knew she would struggle to be heard. Guitarist Tony Kindlan shared a music stand with bassist Dave Parker, Greenaway content with what he was hearing. London based guitarist Richard Herdman, visiting family in County Durham, turned up, plugged in and played. Ray Burns arrived and got on board a Slow Boat to China. Herdman suggested Tangerine. One or two didn’t know it but that didn’t stop them – that’s jazz. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (not anymore it don’t!), Tea For Two and others made for a welcome change to the usual at such sessions. The evening drew to a close with one then another packing up, diminishing numbers determined its end. Herdman and Burns played guitar duets, oblivious to the one-by-one disappearance of the others.
Pepe Greenaway’s efforts to establish a scene at the coast deserve support. Admission is free, 8:00 pm, on each of the last two Tuesdays in the month (the next one is next week – April 29).        
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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