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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Savannah Jazz Band @ The Customs House, South Shields. August 25.

John Meehan (dms); Bill Smith (cor/vcl/hca); Roger Myerscough (clt/alt/vcl); Brian Ellis (tmb/pno); Bill Lawrence (bs); Chris Marney (bjo/vcl).
(Review by Lance).
This was like walking back in time and encountering the ghosts of the Panama Jazzmen, the Rivermouth Jazzmen, the River City Jazzmen, Clem Avery, Hughie Aitchison's Cellarmen and various reincarnations of the Vieux Carré Jazzmen - the latest of which had been playing that very afternoon but a couple of miles away across the river (as the seagull flies).
The silver haired audience showed their appreciation of the silver haired stomping Savannahs, applauding solos and laughing at the jokes.
Yes, it brought back memories of the Rivermouth Jazzmen playing at the Wouldhave Café (later the Shoreline Club) on the sea front. Under age drinking in the Sea Hotel then cups of tea listening to the youthful Fred Rowe on cornet and afterwards - well that's another story...a story I'm sure many of last night's audience could also relate to as the band from across The Pennines re-kindled the flame with jazz classicss such as Panama, Canal St. Blues, Walk Through the Streets of the City, and a host of others including Chris Barber's old warhorse, Ice Cream, (The Big Chris Barber Band are at Customs House on Thursday). They even finished up with Goin' Home - a number those of the audience who'd tunnelled or ferried their way south may have already heard in the afternoon!
Smith, Myerscough and Marney took care of the vocal chores with Smith telling us that The Girls Go Crazy 'Bout the Way he Walks, Myerscough was Blue Turning Grey and Marney extolled the virtues of The Glory of Love. But for me, the highlight was Smith singing and blowing blues harp on Stormy Monday with Ellis switching to piano and Myerscough wailing on alto.
Leader Meehan impressed with his solo on Panama and dep bass Lawrence hit all the right notes in all the right places.
It was an enjoyable evening provided by six masters of the idiom.
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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