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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Tuesday April 24

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.

Gerry Richardson Trio - The Fox, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (collection). Richardson; Garry Linsley (alto sax) & Adam Sinclair (drums).

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.
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