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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Peter Gilligan & Friends @ The British Legion, West Jesmond. June 6

Peter Gilligan (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass), Jeff Armstrong (drums) & Michael Lamb (trumpet & flugelhorn)
(Review by Russell).
Is there music on tonight? Aye, came the reply. Oh, my Gawd! the despairing response. So said one club regular to another. Things looked promising then! This being D Day, a gig at the British Legion could see an invasion of jazz fans. Alas, they were on the beaches.
The small, comfortable lounge welcomed the Home Guard – a couple here, a solitary soul there, awaiting news of the day’s action down on the beaches (Long Sands, Tynemouth).
Pianist Peter Gilligan sat down to play at nine o’clock with news yet to come through as to the ETA of Tyneside’s jazz fans. Gilligan had one keen supporter behind him, right behind him on the wall – a portrait of Her Maj looking down at him. Play some jezz young man!  Gilligan jumped to it with old pals Paul Grainger (double bass) and Jeff Armstrong (drums) standing to attention (in Armstrong’s case he was allowed to remain seated). Regal trumpeter Michael Lamb joined Gilligan and friends for the evening and it was one of those ‘let’s play’ sessions with listeners thin on the ground. Muted trumpet on the Van Heusen/Mercer classic I Thought About You said it all – this was going to be good. And it was! The material ranged from Caravan to bop classics to West Coast and beyond. Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk featured the dazzling Gilligan with stop-start swing time interjections. Armstrong counted them in on Blues March, a triumphant blast of a tune on D Day.
It was late, time to return to the Nissen huts. Gilligan pondered, what to play? Grainger hit on All Blues. On hearing it Gilligan said Yeah, let’s do it. A cracking session. Get along next week to hear the Empress of the Blues Mo Scott. Arrive before 8:30 pm and you get in for free (£5.00. after 8:30 pm). Leave the car at home, jump on the Metro, the Legion is right next to West Jesmond Metro Station. Support the efforts of  Jeff Armstrong & co to get something going at the Jesmond Legion.          
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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