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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jumpin’ Hot Club stage @ Summertyne Americana Festival. July 19

(Review by Russell).
The weather forecast spelled the end of the world. The Jumpin’ Hot Club’s outdoor stage at Sage Gateshead could be blown down the banks of the Tyne and swept out to sea. The prospect failed to deter the hordes determined to sample all things Americana. The arena to the east of Sage Gateshead – Performance Square – offered little or no protection from the elements so the ubiquitous Stetson could come into its own.
Stetsons, gaudy Hawaiian shirts, ill-advised, ill-fitting shorts, the Geordie Cowpoke was out to impress. Outdoor events distract, entertain and irritate in equal measure. The music was the perfect distraction .Two acts on the day-long bill were ‘must hears’. Opening the show was Hannah Rickard and the Relatives. Rickard and her ‘relatives’ belted out Little Sister. A favourite tune, a great way to start the day. Ms Rickard looked the part in heels, ponytail and shades. The boys in the band, wishing they looked like James Dean, rattled through the tunes with a well-rehearsed nonchalance; a concise guitar lick, booting tenor, a spin of the bull fiddle. You Changed suggested Rickard. The short set included the new release LA Lover. The Stetsons wanted more, a tight schedule denied them, the next band waiting in the wings.
Up above, a gun metal grey sky was about to put the lights out. A well-timed visit to the pub avoided the deluge. The first day of a new exhibition at a nearby art gallery offered further sanctuary.
A break in the weather coincided with the appearance of the other ‘must see’. It had been a few years since Big Joe Louis and his Blues Kings had been ‘up north’. A consummate performer with a beautifully understated guitar style (Jimmy Reed meets Elmore James by way of a Texas Shuffle), Big Joe sang of cheatin’ women (he heard the back door slam shut!) and found solace in the words of the Reverend Charlie Jackson, going home on the Mornin’ Train. Big Joe’s bass and drums (King David and Peter Greatorex) were the business – top class accompaniment from first note to last. Way back (the early days of the Jumpin’ Hot Club at the Bridge Hotel) Big Joe made many friends here on Tyneside and took time out to thank Graham Anderson and friends for inviting him to play at this year’s Americana. Here’s to the next time.   
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.
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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