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Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Alan Glen Trio @ Salsa Café, Newcastle - May 10.

Alan Glen (Keys) Paul Grainger (D. Bass)  Paul Wight (Drums)
(Review by Kath Jobes.)
A damp night in Newcastle and we opted to pop in to the Salsa Café, knowing that others would be reviewing the French Night at the Jazz Café … and to be honest, I had parked just across the road, and it was raining... and as you may know dear readers, Kats don’t like the rain!
The band had already kicked off with Its You or No-One and we arrived to How Deep is the Ocean.  A couple of visual songs followed: I’ll Close My Eyes and If You Could See Me Now… well actually Alan, this is probably the first time I have seen you in this setting, but hopefully not the last… this lovely soft and melodic music is ideal for dinner jazz…. And the diners certainly seemed to be enjoying it.  If I Should Lose You was followed by a lovely Alice in Wonderland and the first set was rounded off nicely by Nightshade and Miles Davis’ Tune Up.
Now I could wax lyrical about the superb piano playing together with the inimitable bass and drums from this superb trio, but really folks you need to hear it for yourselves… something I would recommend you do soon… superlative solos from all three musicians but I will highlight a couple…. The second set commenced with an Alan Glen original called Put That In Your Pipe and Smoke it… and of course with it being one of his own tunes, the piano solo was as expected… splendid!  Next up was one of my favourite tunes, But Beautiful… I love the way Lindsay Hannon sings this song… and connects so well with the audience… just as a quick aside, Lindsay will be singing at the Jazz Café as part of the late shows next weekend… so definitely worth a look out… I digress.  A lively Four was followed by I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, with a noteworthy bass solo from Paul Grainger and he continued to display his skill in the next tune, another favourite, from the musical Guys and Dolls… If I Were A Bell.  The final number of the night did not disappoint as Paul Wight was able to demonstrate his tremendous talent with an inspired solo section during Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Kath J.

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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.
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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.)
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