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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Iceni @ Cumberland Arms. August 3


Lindsay Hannon (vcl/bs gtr); Elizabeth Corney (vcl/keys); Caroline Roach (vcl/dms).
(Review by Lance).
The sun was shining but the wind had arrived via Siberia which meant that sitting supping wasn't as serene a setting as it usually is at the Cumberland Arms. Nonetheless, Iceni* generated enough heat to ensure that our timbers didn't shiver too much.
The 3 girl band led by  Lindsay, with her metaphorical Rock Helmet atop her tunic of divers colours let us know they meant business with a driving set that was hotter than the Jumbo Chilli Sausages w. Mustard and Onions on sale at the adjoining stall (£5). Three girls? the sound was that of a thousand as they conquered The Cumberland and the surrounding hills who submitted in sweet surrender.
Lindsay Hannon is one of best jazz singers around - she also charts as a bass playing rock chick! On keys, Elizabeth Corney - apart from laying down the harmonic framework - added her own distinctive vocals to the mix as did Caroline Roach. A surname to live up to for a drummer maybe but she "maxed" her technique to enable the tribe to take on all comers.
A great gig.
Baghdaddies were to follow but it had been a long day so I exited stage left just as the sounds of some Balkan Boogieing filled the air.
Lance.
*Iceni: The person who was thought worthy to be their leader and who directed the conduct of the entire war, was Buduica, a Briton woman of the royal family and possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs to women.... In stature she was very tall, in appearance most terrifying, in the glance of her eye most fierce, and her voice was harsh; a great mass of the tawniest hair fell to her hips; around her neck was a large golden necklace; and she wore a tunic of divers colours over which a thick mantle was fastened with a brooch. This was her invariable attire - Wikipedia..

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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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