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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. May 5

Derek Fleck (clarinet & tenor saxophone), Mick Hill (trumpet & vocals), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Bill Colledge (bass) & Fred Thompson (drums) + Barry Soulsby (clarinet), Doris Fenn (banjo), John Broddle (vocals) & Theresa Armstrong (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Holiday Monday, decent weather, a (part) change in the old guard. Regulars Chester, Hallam & Rillands were excused duties to meet up with Don Fairley for a nice little earner at a Close House golf day. Derek Fleck - famous for fifteen seconds thanks to Jazz Record Requests - held the fort, though he too had been up Hadrian’s Wall country earlier in the day, returning to base in time to MC affairs.
A pint-sized latter day Emperor Hadrian invaded the Crescent Club disguised as XL, a celebratory brew from the Hadrian Border Brewery (brewed to mark the 38th Newcastle Beer Festival). It was the pick on the bar, another beer being described by the barman as ‘lively’. The club was lively, very busy. A microphone short of a PA system (some could happily live with that) meant the instrumentalists featured, uninterrupted by a succession of singers. All of Me opened proceedings followed by Lady Be Good with Fleck on tenor. The unexpected star attraction - trumpeter Mick Hill - played some proper trumpet on Bye Bye Blues then someone called the tired old warhorse Georgia* and it was duly dragged out once more.
During the interval someone arrived with a mic (hoorah!/boo! - delete as applicable). The jazz economy went into overdrive (ie the raffle), a cloud formation banked over the North Sea and the Cullercoats day trippers thought about taking Tyson, the pit bull, home to charm the neighbours.
Cullercoats Lass Theresa Armstrong sang ‘S Wonderful and These Foolish Things. Jazz in the Afternoon wouldn’t be Jazz in the Afternoon without the ‘S Wonderful Theresa. The great Doris Fenn (banjo) sat at the back on one side flanking the vocal-less Fred Thompson (drums), bassist Bill Colledge the other. The seated Mick Hill’s trumpet stood out throughout the afternoon, then surprisingly, the Teesside trumpeter sang  Some Day You’ll Be Sorry. A hidden talent! John Broddle came off the bench as a late sub to sing On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fleck and Barry Soulsby clarinets) and After You’ve Gone (Hill, trumpet, Roy Gibson’s idiosyncratic keyboards). Time to go. Time to join Tyson and co on the Metro home.
Russell.
* Georgia and others. Name the tunes - great tunes, no doubt - that you could live without. Georgia, Autumn Leaves, Summertime - that’s three for starters                       

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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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