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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

And Everybody Stayed - Paul Skerritt Band @ The Cherry Tree. August 11

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Simon).
Restaurant gigs, any musician will tell you, are gigs where the music runs a distant third behind the Crêpe Suzette or the latest piece of gossip! Even at a jazz orientated estab. such as the Cherry Tree I've witnessed some of the most wonderful music being totally unappreciated by the diners.
Tonight wasn't like that. 
The Skerritt Band entertain and they do it with presentation, brilliant musicianship and communication.
This latter word is the clue. Communication.
They communicate! Even playing Happy Birthday - as just about every other band does every other gig - is a groove. Skerritt can work a room as well as many more illustrious names do and tonight was no exception.
I'm not going to list the songs - Peter S did that in his review of last Wednesday's gig at Ashington and there were few changes to the repertoire. One change was Neil Harland on bass. I don't know if Neil has played with the band before but he certainly did them proud tonight.
Tom Chapman knows the pad and he kept it swinging, so much so he was pronounced "King of the Swingers" after his solo on that famous Jungle Book number.
Oh yes, just in case I forget, James Harrison played piano, which is like saying Muhammad Ali did a little boxing....
For an instrumental feature James played a fantastic version of Food, Glorious Food.
Was ever a tune more appropriate?
Szechuan peppered squid, Asian noodle salad, lime and coriander; Char-grilled bistro rump, peppercorn sauce and traditional steak garnish (and frites); Tiramasu with coffee granita washed down by a bottle of Black Sheep convinced me the tune was appropriate!
It was a cosmopolitan audience tonight. We had Simon - an Anglo Aussie who works in China - as well as a couple of Ashingtonians, some Teessiders and yours truly, the only member of Le Hot Club du Hebburn. 
Start spreading the news...
Lance.
(Photos courtesy of Simon pictured with James and the waitresses.)

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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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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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