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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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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 27, 2014

Whitley Bay Carnival. May 26

(Review by Russell).
Following an absence of twenty years the residents of Whitley Bay determined to revive the Whitley Bay Carnival. The Victorian seaside resort has set about recapturing its once proud reputation as a premier coastal holiday destination. Whitley Bay Football Club did the town proud winning at Wembley (not once but twice!), Whitley Bay Playhouse offers a range of attractions (Chris Barber is there next week) and the renovation of the world famous Spanish City is, at last, nearing completion.
Holiday Monday, the weather kind, a host of bands, dance troupes and street performers marched through the town centre from Whitley Bay Metro Station to the new seafront plaza adjacent to Spanish City.
Big Noise, Drumdin (well named!) and the North Tyneside Steel Band were just some of the keen Carnival participants (Cullercoats Crescent Club’s regular Monday afternoon session offered a competing attraction with Iain McAulay in town. The club was packed).
The Baghdaddies were around and topping the bill, Bebop Spoken Here favourites, the Northern Monkey Brass Band. Graham Hardy’s band of primates assembled almost as one – Brendan Murphy went AWOL in search of a 99 or some such sustenance – and with shades donned (naughty Monkey Murphy had rejoined the pack), gave it a blast. A combination of classic tunes (Hey Jude had them up dancing) and a few originals entertained the crowd. The Monkeys have some high profile gigs in the offing including an appearance at Durham Brass Festival and a CD launch at Hoochie Coochie. Stay tuned to Bebop Spoken Here for details.
Russell.
Northern Monkey Brass Band: Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alistair Lord (trumpet), David Grey (trombone), Jason Holcomb (trombone), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), Phil Rosier (tuba), Brendan Murphy (bass drum) & Nik Alevroyiannis (snare drum).
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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