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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.)

Archives.

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

When You've Gotta Go You've Gotta Go Man Go!

Most of the great composers have a Funeral March or two on their CV (and of course a Wedding March - after a few years the two are usually interchangeable), some even have a Requiem Mass, so, bidding farewell to a loved one with music is a time honoured tradition. The Irish wake is just such an occasion where the departed is sent on his/her way with Guinness inspired versions of Danny Boy, Galway Bay and the Isle of Innisfree.
Jazz, of course, is not without its own funereal music going way back to the early days in New Orleans when Oh Didn't He Ramble, The Saints and maybe Saint James' Infirmary were the favourites.
Even today, in Newcastle, we still have New Orleans style funerals which makes me beg the question - do they have Newcastle style funerals in New Orleans?
If they do it may take the form of just such a celebration as I wandered into today in a place not a 1000 miles from Newcastle.
It was late afternoon and I felt the need for a little light refreshment (Greene King's IPA - 5.4%) so I called into one of our local watering holes.
The bar was crowded and, above the noise, I heard one of my (was) favourite songs - A Portrait of my Love. However, this wasn't Matt Monro - no sirree! It was a funeral "party" and they'd put on a Karaoke.
It seems as though every wannabee Jim Reeves, Elvis, Bobby Darin (Things, like a walk in the park), Neil Diamond (Sweet Caroline) were at the funeral. The only one missing was Dolly Parton (unfortunately!)
After I'd recovered from the shock horror of it all it occurred to me that there was no better way to go! Family and friends were having a ball and it brought back to me how it is possible to get something out of the saddest day - Crombie's funeral being the perfect example.
I helped myself to a sausage roll but left before the Bingo (joke).
I don't know who the deceased was but I'm sure his journey across the Great Divide was made easier by the grand send off.
Lance.
(For the record, when my chips are cashed in,  I'd like to "hear" Art Pepper's recording of 'Round Midnight - third shelf down on the LP fixture - and any Sinatra ballad - except My Way -  plus a few tunes from the Jazz Café regulars!)

1 comment :

  1. Last funeral we attended it was Paul Edis's version of playing "Bring me sunshine' to come into followed by Ghost Riders in the sky. Without a doubt it was the 'happiest' funeral - everyone in BBQ wear! We celebrated life and laughter and love it was great!

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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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