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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. 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, September 02, 2014

Calling All Workers

As I rode the 27 bus home from the Cherry Tree last night I observed that some kindly soul had left behind, whether by accident or intent, a WEA brochure listing the various courses due to start in the coming weeks. These activities ranged from Art Appreciation in Acklington to Beginners' Spanish in Darlington. Closer to home (for me) and more relevant to these pages were the activities of the Newcastle cell of the WEA.
As well as Creative Cakes and Crafts,  Italian and Indian Cookery, and Dressmaking I also found an Introduction to West African Drumming, Improvisation for Musicians and Jazz Appreciation!
Oh yes, and at Jesmond Library we have The Inter-war   years through the eyes of the Mitford Sisters. This latter event is of particular interest to me having just fallen madly in love with Deborah (Debo) Duchess of Devonshire.
Debo is the youngest of the five sisters and, at 94, the only surviving one. Browsing in Poundland (early Xmas shopping) I came across one of her 12 books All in One Basket (it's actually two books in one - Counting my Chickens and Home to Roost) and, on a whim, bought it. I've since been unable to put it down! What a perceptive lady! What an acerbic wit! Plus a writing style many could only aspire to but rarely achieve.
Not a jazz book by any means although she does refer to Fats Waller as, "of beloved memory". However, music-wise, her idol is Elvis Presley and her favourite book, by a Tennessee mile, is Peter Guralnick's biography of "The King" - Last Train to Memphis.
To find out more about these and other WEA courses visit www.wea.org.uk/courses/information.
Or ask Ann Alex.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. the wonderful Debo, I think she was/is by far the most attractive of the Mitford Sisters

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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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