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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio w. Caroline Irwin @ Blaydon Jazz Club (Black Bull). October 19

Keith Stephen (gtr); Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl); Bruce Rollo (bs/vcl); Caroline Irwin (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Caroline wasn't firing a ukulele from the hip or a cornet from the lip (at least not during the first set) but this modern day flapper did flash her eyes, and us males paralyse, with her vocals during this fine session at the Black Bull.
It had been a while since I visited the cosy home of Blaydon Jazz Club involving for me as it does trains and boats and planes or, to be more precise, buses, metros and pedestrian flyovers. The trip was worth it.
The room has an ambiance that lends itself to whatever the evening holds in store allowing for interaction been performer and listener.
The two guitarists are masters of the style and it was interesting to compare the different sounds despite both using Maccaferri style guitars. Keith, on lead, punchier, harder sounding - the fighter. Roly, softer, sweeter - the boxer. But this wasn't a brawl, it was a meeting of the like-minded combining to turn Blaydon into the 21st Arrondissement.
On bass, Bruce Rollo plucked and slapped - no poncy arco stuff from him and Caroline, as stated, drew the audience in a manner that can best be described by the groups opening instrumental - Coquette!
Vocals on Fly Me To The Moon; Cuckoo (en Francais); Me, Myself and I (with great guitar interplay); Bésame Mucho (en Español); I Get the Blues When It Rains; This is my Lucky Day and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (w. vocal assist from Bruce). Roly sang Dinah (composed by Harry Akst w. words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young - no not our Joe Young - and not by Eddie Cantor as I suggested although he did originally perform it!)
A waltz about Hedgehogs featured some prickly guitar playing and my evening was rounded off with yours truly winning a bottle of vino in the raffle!
I wanted to stay longer but the trains and boats and planes scenario demanded an early depart.
Don't miss next months special - ace tenor player - Vasilis Xenopoulos. November 23.
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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