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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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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summertyne Americana Festival. July 18

The choices last night were many - Opening gig at the Globe, Paul Edis at the Jazz Café, BBC Big Band at Durham or the Summertyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead.
I opted for this latter event, not least because of the idyllic pre concert open air setting with bands playing on Performance Square.
In Hall One, Earl Thomas and the Royal Guard were billed as the support act and what a support act they were! With a powerful horn section, Nord keys and rhythm they lifted the roof. The charismatic singer dished out the soul as we closed our eyes and moved over to "The Motor City". An absolute gas!
Steven Seagal and his Blues Band had it all to do but, as befits a Hollywood action legend and accomplished blues musician, he, with the help of Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) did it! Taking us from Chicago down to the Mississippi delta and back again. The Hall was heavin'! My only complaint, the back of stage lighting made it difficult to see the performers clearly. Still, hearing was what mattered and we heard!
On this showing I think Seagal could give up the day job!
Lance.
The festival continues today and Sunday - saddle up the mustang, Sally.

1 comment :

  1. Earl Thomas - mmmmmmmm - what a performer! And that top class blues band! Ace ...... cheers 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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