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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jam Session @ The Globe.

Stuart Finden (gtr); Fiona Finden (ten/vcl); Andrew Porritt (bs); + Ann Alex, Barry Keatings (vcl); Dave Parker (bs); Dave Speake (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Jam sessions - irrespective of whether you call them Jams, Workshops or Blow as You Pleases, at the end of the day it's open season for all who wish to put up or shut up - few take the latter option.
Today was low key - drummer missing and no hungry hornmen champing at the reed to despatch their contemporaries to the cutting room floor.
Nevertheless, despite a shortage of contenders and an audience that occupied all of one table, Mr and Mrs Finden got the ball rolling with The Message, a tune written by Nick Weldon whom Russell informed us was the son of novelist Fay Weldon and whom I revealed had written a novel about a jazz trumpet player who takes a married woman off to France with him and the band and his daughter although not his wife. Are you with me? (That's jazz for you I hear you sigh). The book, incidentally, is called Leader of the Band.
The leader of the band today was Stuart Finden, not on tenor, but on guitar which he is also very capable on. Mrs F (Fiona) blew tenor and sang quite exquisitely although it did cause me to ponder upon the domestics when spouses are in the same band.
Instead of "You promised me you'd cut the lawn and wash the dishes", is it "How could you? How could you play a Db major 7th when you knew I needed an E minor augmented 9th. Do that again and you and I are diminished!"
I'm sure no such altercations took place today.
Fi continued with Secret Love and Sister Sadie before BSH reviewer Ann Alex took us down Green Dolphin Street and sang Bye Bye Blackbird and If I Were a Bell.
Fiona sang/played Corcovado - she gets a good Lester/Getz tenor sound these days.
Barry Keatings did All Blues; Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You and It's Only a Paper Moon.
Of course the main thing about Jams is the Sound of Surprise. I missed last Tuesday's jam at the Jazz Café and, in doing so, missed an apparently superb young Japanese drummer from the Uni. Today, who should roll in but Dave Speake, drummer brother of ace sax man Martyn Speake.
Dave was performing later with Roxy Musique - a tribute band - and gave his jazz chops a work out on Billie's Bounce (Fi vocal); I Fall in Love Too Easily (Don't we all?). Ann sang It Don't Mean a Thing and Senor Keatings returned for Besame Mucho and Route 66. This latter number gave Dave Speake an opportunity to work out and, all in all, despite the lack of audience and jammers, it was a good afternoon.
Newcastle even beat Spurs away from home!
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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