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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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