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Peter Vacher: “The Hopbine [public house] is a Tesco Express now, having been reinvented successively as Desi Dons, Bootsy Brogans, the Dog and Duck and, before that, the Chequered Flag.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

Kyle Eastwood: “Naturally I listened to pop music when I was a kid – I’d spend two hours a day hearing it on the school bus! – but the very first music I heard in the house and the first concerts I went to were jazz.” – (Jazzwise October 2017)

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Today Monday October 23

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Evening.

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

PG Allstars @ Salsa, May 3

Paul Gowland (ten/alt), Pete Gilligan (pno), Ray Truscott (bs), Steve Doyle (dms)
(Review/photo by Dave Parker)
This was mainstream jazz of the highest quality – as good as anything you might hear in a top London club, but this was Saturday night in a small bar on Westgate Road and free admission.  Geordie jazz lovers are lucky.
The PG Allstars played standards but Gowland and Gilligan made them sound like originals.  They reworked the harmony on the classic ballad In a Sentimental Mood so it was less sugar and more spice.  Gowland played the head of Bye Bye Blackbird as though he’d just made it up with only an occasional snatch of the original melody.
Midnight Voyage lived up to its name: Gowland’s dreamy tenor took us to far away places and then back again with a brief echo of the melody before handing over to Gilligan whose haunting solo was equally transporting and then Truscott continued the mood with a lyrical journey through the entire range of his six-string bass.
Next was Take Five, the most familiar jazz tune which Gowland, on alto, made sound as fresh and extraordinary as when it was first played over 50 years ago.  Gilligan and Truscott kept the 5/4 rhythm nailed down while Doyle rolled all over the kit.
No point in mentioning every number – they were all brilliant.
Dave P.

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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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