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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. June 3

The house band set the standard – Need Your Love So Bad, My Babe, Hideaway – then stepped aside to allow the queue of musicians a chance to get up but not before belting out I Saw Her Standing There. The Black River Band threw their hat in the ring with a three-song set including The Sky Is Crying. Folk guitarist Bob Hewitt played quietly, a quiet take on Moon River being an unusual choice at a blues jam!
The star attraction at this monthly gathering is Mick Cantwell. The best blues voice this side of the Atlantic, get to hear him sing Every Day I Have the Blues, The Thrill is Gone and more and you will return to hear him again…and again and again. He blows a mean tenor sax too!
A scratch band featuring Cantwell and a big-voiced vocalist from north of the border hit the place for six, taking no prisoners on Free’s Walk in My Shadow and The Stealer. The long-established band Right to Silence closed the show with a show-stopping Tainted Love. This month’s session was far from a blues purist’s night out but it was a night out and a damn good one at that!       
Russell.

3 comments :

  1. Sounds like a fab night - should have put my walking shoes on for the stroll down Matthew Bank to the Brandling Villa!

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  2. Jamie, would the big voiced vocalist from north of the border be you?

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  3. Yes that would be me Ian Douglas, with Dave Burn on guitar and John Morgan on bass, plus I asked Mick to play some sax for us. Was a good night with a bit of a scratch band and went down well !

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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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