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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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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 08, 2014

Newcastle Community Green Festival Day 2 - June 8.

(Review by Lance).
Yesterday it rained - didn't it rain children? Yup it rained all the time. Today was a different ball game - the sun shone and everyone was happy - at least from the ankles up. Yesterday's deluge, which had brought the whole clambake to an early close, had also left it's mark on the waterlogged grassland.
If you're heading for Glastonbury this was the place to get acclimatised! Those with enough savvy had brought groundsheets and folding chairs. I didn't have that savvy! 
Still the atmosphere was good. Young ladies were going around giving Free Hugs - I took them up and got seconds as well!
The Allendale Brewery's ales had survived the Trans-Pennine journey and I made their trip worthwhile  (hic!)
Our own Ann Alex was "manning" the WEA stall and hinted at a possible Jazz Appreciation course in the offing from these champions of the proletariat. 
Out front the music was rocking and rolling with the Backyard Rhythm Orchestra before Hannabiell and Midnight Blue took us to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and back (private joke!) In actual fact we left after Hannabiell's set - which was only perfect (when is it ever not?) as by this time, I was almost up to my armpits and I thought that, if I've got to go, drowned in a sea of sludge, then what better way to depart this mortal coil than by listening to Hannabiell? As I submerged into the unknown depths of Leazes Park. I looked up towards St. James Park soccer stadium and thought that, if I die I'll never ever see Newcastle "United" become tenth in the Premier League again! With that thought in mind, I found the strength to escape my confines and, eventually, the comforting surrounds of the nearby Trent House (£2 a pint on Sundays!)
Sounds silly, but I'll be back next year!
Lance.

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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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