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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, November 07, 2014

Jazz Party - Afternoon.

How can you put into words the music and the atmosphere of this wonderful weekend? Every session is themed - a player or a scenario of jazz and hot dance music as played between the first and second world wars. To call music such as this 'Dated' is to call Schubert, Chopin or Mozart 'Dated'. Good music is timeless.
The sessions I took in during the afternoon of my first day's tenure included a look at  those contemporaries of Louis Armstrong who aimed to challenge or even 'cut' Louis Armstrong with Menno Daams and Bent Persson adopting the roles of  Jabbo Smith/Roy Eldridge and Johnny Dunn/George Mitchell respectively. Both trumpet players combined on Red Allen. This may suggest the Red got the nod!
The New York Gang, or, as Frans Sjöström announced it, The Scandinavian Gang. Five of the seven musicians were from 'Up there'. Kris Kompen has as smooth a trombone sound as you'll find anywhere - superb intonation.
Spat's Little Mystery Band had the guitarist/banjoist/ ukuleleist/vocalist in good voice with Josh Duffee on drums and Phil Rutherford on brass bass fuelling the pumps.
Final set of the afternoon, Paul Whiteman - King of Jazz would, some years back, have had jazz anarchists demanding the guillotine! However, time is a great healer and, listening to this brilliant performance arranged and conducted by Keith Nichols, It must be admitted that, beneath the symphonic extravaganzas,  happily absent today, the 40 piece orchestra (reduced to 22 for today) ptoduced a lot of good jazz by Bix (Andy Schumm) and others. Last year's heroine Emma Fisk and Martin Wheatley even re-created Venuti/Lang on San.
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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