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John Wilson: “I find it really absurd that music is not on the school curriculum.” – (The Northern Echo 15 June 2017)

Sue McCreeth: “I try to get the soulfulness of Claire Martin and Liane Carroll, the elegance and coolness of Norma Winstone.” – (Jazz Journal June 2017)

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday June 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Group Theory - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £6 (£5 in advance) - DUBB past and present members.
Gabriele Heller Quartet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Juggernaut Love Band - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graha Thompson (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Les Oiseaux Fois @ Bridge Hotel. July 6

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo  courtesy of Ken Drew)
After watching the spills and thrills of Le Tour making its way from York to Sheffield what better way to spend an evening than listening to the above three musicians who kept the Francophilian theme alive by sailing under Le nom de plume of Les Oiseaux Fois.
Tres bien! Maillot Jaune et chapeaux!
This was indeed a podium-worthy performance by a trio who should have been playing to a capacity audience. However, c'est la (jazz) vie.
Those of us who made the effort were well satisfied with the first rate musicianship served up by. le tout ensemble.
Fats Waller, legend has it, remarked that "God is in the house" when Art Tatum entered some smoky dive in New York. He may not have used the same analogy had it been Pete Gilligan, possibly referring to him instead as "The Devil Incarnate". And a devil he is at the keyboard attacking it like a man possessed - possessed of an incredible talent that is.
Appropriately, the opening number was a Gilligan original - Incarnation. Paul Grainger, soloed impressively on the Song is You with Jeff Armstrong bossa novaring on brushes. Coltrane's Like Some had a spiky cymbal intro from Jeff whilst Jim Hall's Waltz New featured a rhapsodic lead-in from Pete. Some Brubeck, an excellent Swim (composed by Paul) and the always a winner, Nica's Dream brought the set to a close.
The whole world and his dog should have been here for this one but there were big happenings over at Blaydon, Festivities in the Vale of Ouseburn and the Northern Monkey Brass Band had been launching CDs at Hoochie so I guess the jazz population were somewhat stretched today.
In the second set I caught Chick Corea's Amanda's Rumba, Petrucciani's  September Satin and the 27 bus.
A great day all round.
Lance.
PS: I'm told the the second set also brought in a nice arrangement of Blue Rondo à la Turk (Dave Brubeck, although I [my informant] was seeing Keith Emerson in The Nice!) and ended with a lovely arrangement and rendition of Caravan – so it ended on a high !!!  

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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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