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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Collective @ Hoochie Coochie August 14

Dominic Snaith (gtr); Dan Fawzi (keys); Martyn Dixon (bs); Michael McCaughey (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Martyn said it would be different and it was!
Instead of playing masterly keyboard, Dominic proved to be equally adequate on lead guitar albeit without the flamboyance of Tim Bloomer - in the audience tonight after a continental trip fell through. The erstwhile keyboardist did a solid job as did his replacement, London based, Dan Fawzi.
It would be stretching it to call it a jazz gig but, nevertheless, the solos were jazzified even if the rhythms were a mix of rock, funk, ska and reggae!
The grooves were repetitive but the tension building up to the finales were effective with McCaughey in control gradual bringing the pulsations to an almost orgasmic climax!
Snaith did the announcing but tune titles were missing so the only number I recognised was All Blues although another one did resemble Street Life.
There was a good crowd in, as befits a venue going into its third year, and the enjoyment was felt in the applause which exceeded rapturous by more than a few decibels. 
My only minor quibble - I felt a horn or two or a vocalist may have widened the scope.
Still an enjoyable gig.
Keep up the good work Warren, don't let the men in suits prevent you presenting up and coming talent like this as well as the talent that's already up there (Gregory, Chaka etc.)
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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