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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Great Percussion in Newcastle!

I’m sure many people must have been as enthralled as I was by the 2 young lads doing percussion in Northumberland Street the other day.  Not for them the standard snare drums and cymbals, they use recycled materials and massive amounts of ingenuity.
There were flat pans of all sizes, a wooden stand with bells attached, and one of those wooden sound boxes which the player would normally sit on.  I peeped through the hole in the back and saw what looked liked woolly jumpers stuffed inside, presumably to give a softer sound quality.  Lance tells me that drummers sometimes do this with bass drums – honestly, the things you find out by talking to jazz enthusiasts!  The other lad was beating on buckets of various sizes with his drumsticks, and hitting what looked like those large plastic paint containers as well. He also had a collection of toy drums and tambourines.  They sat on rugs and, of course, sometimes they simply needed to hit the ground with the drumsticks.  Their rhythms were exciting and they were obviously enjoying themselves, and their equipment presumably cost nothing.  I just wish I’d been able to get a photo.  Watch out for them!
Ann Alex   

1 comment :

  1. I've seen them too Ann , thanks for pointing it out.

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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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