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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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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