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Bebop Spoken There

Ken Peplowski: I try to play the clarinet like a clarinet and not like a guy doubling on another instrument.– (Down Beat July 2004).

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James Morrison: “I’m not a trumpet player that doubles on flugelhorn. I’m a musician that plays trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium and the rest. – (Jazz Journal January 1992).

Archives.

Today Thursday January 19

Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Mark Toomey (alto). - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Something for everyone at Newcastle Jazz and Blues

I was so excited when I received the following press release. However my enthusiasm was somewhat dampened after I read the first sentence... 
Over 75 live bands will take over a town centre this weekend to show off their talents in the Newcastle-under-Lyme Jazz & Blues Festival.
This year there are quality acts from around the UK and even as far afield as Greece and the USA, amid a hand-picked selection of the best local talent.
The gigs will take place over the bank holiday weekend in 17 venues across town and most are free entry. This year gigs will take place in locations you would less expect – such as the market square on Saturday at 12pm, and the Roebuck Shopping Centre lobby, as well as people’s favourite venues around town.
But the event is not just for music fanatics. There will be plenty for people of all walks of life and the whole family to enjoy. On Sunday there will be a craft and artisan market featuring a host of handmade and specialist products, as well as funfair rides for the kids and the chance to join in free ‘jitterbug’ dance workshops at the Missoula bar at 3pm.
And on bank holiday Monday, there will be a charity market and fun day with a host of stalls and fun activities to entertain the family.
Town Centre Manager Matt Taylor said:
“The Town Centre Partnership has worked with licensees to make this a really great event, with a programme which is genuinely packed with quality jazz and blues.
“From the second the festival kicks off with the Remi Harris Trio through to when The Funkbreakers play the final slot, there is a non-stop line-up of talent which just should not be missed by music fans.
“There are also a few performances which blur the edges of the genre to keep everyone happy, although this year we have taken the festival back to its Jazz and Blues theme on the whole”.
To help bring in new talent from further afield and broaden the horizons of the festival, the Town Centre Partnership has also been working with Big Bear Music which is responsible for the Birmingham Jazz and Blues festival. Representative from Big Bear Music Jim Simpson said:
“Birmingham Jazz Festival is now in its 30th year and it is a pleasure to bring some of what we have learned to help Newcastle deliver such a fantastic event.
“We are very much looking forward to enjoying what can only be described as a great programme in action in the town’s venues this weekend”.
Newcastle Borough council is also supporting the event with free parking on all council car parks and on-street charging zones over the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
For the full festival guide, go to www.newcastlejazzandblues.co.uk 
Maybe next year we can substitute "under-Lyme" with "upon-Tyne"?
Lance.

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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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