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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Roly Goes "Underground."

Excuse me for a bit of self promotion but this festival may in any case be of interest and maybe you could pass on the info to any friends or relatives who you think may be interested. 
The Mining Institute is in Neville Street, Newcastle just next to The Lit & Phil. It has a history to be proud of. Many of the finest engineers in mining history graced its walls and many of the great innovations in mining happened here on Tyneside. For example Geordie Stephenson's safety lamp, better pit ventilation (John Buddle - Wallsend), the pit cage (TE Hall - Greenside).  
The Institute is still going strong. They currently are involved in a research project 'Mining the Institute' which is exploring the world wide influence of our local mining engineers who worked to influence mining development world wide. As part of this, Judith Murphy is helping organise a festival of literature, poetry, song and music all related to our mining history.
Next Saturday 21st June - Festival of Mining Literature & Poetry.
Saturday 28th June - Festival of Song & Music.
Judith has invited The Blaydon Aces, myself and James Birkett, to be part of the events on 28th - we are playing 2.30 to 3.15 in the afternoon. A selection of light hearted local dialect songs with a mining connection - I've got a little whippet, Wi me pit claes on, Pitman's Lament, Row between the cages and so on.
For the full festival program here's the link.
https://www.mininginstitute.org.uk/
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Back to jazz - our next concert at Blaydon is on Sunday 6th July -  an extra date fixed up because Colin Aitchison is over here from Hong Kong. Colin is a fine Armstrong inspired trumpeter. He is bringing his pal, Italian clarinettist Franco Valussi - he's also based in Hong Kong now. Its with Swing City Trio fronted by the one and only Steve Andrews (sax/clnt) plus Roy Cansdale bass and myself acoustic guitar.
After that, on Sunday 20th July, a great young jazz singer Zoe Gilby with her quartet.
Roly.

2 comments :

  1. Very interesting Roly. I'd always associated the miner's lamp with Humphrey Davy and didn't realise that Stephenson and others were working the same seam so to speak. I think the Festival will appeal to anyone interested in local history.

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  2. Hi Lance - thanks for putting this on BSH. Yes Davy invented a safety lamp too. From what I've read both men were working on their version of a safety lamp at about the same time.

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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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