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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Jazz Party - Day 2 [Afternoon] Report. Nov. 8

Determination was called for today - roadworks, delayed Metro, wet weather all combined to make this very much a labour of love!
However, once settled and listening to bass saxophonist Frans Sröjströn relate in words and music the bizarre life of trumpeter Jack Purvis played here by Bent Persson, all the traumas were forgotten!  Purvis, apart from being an excellent trumpet player, was also a conman, burglar, gunrunner and frequent prison inmate. Sröjströn interspersed the stories with the music in an entertaining manner.
Last year the vocal department featured Cécile McLorin Salvant and Daryl Sherman, this year it was Janice Day who avoided comparision with her predecessors by drawing on a repertoire from an earlier era - that of Ruth Etting and Annette Hanshaw. Keith Nichols compered and played piano with a band comprised of Menno Daems (tpt); Graham Hughes (tmb); Mauro Porro (reeds); Emma Fisk (vln); Keith Nichols (pno); Martin Wheatley (bjo/gtr); Malcolm Sked (bs); Richard Pite (dms).
Ms Day captured the era perfectly.
Clarinetitis paid tribute to Johnny Dodds in a session that, at times, featured 3 banjos and a washboard!
A cracking set and when Enrico Tomasso took centre stage - his trumpet seemed to literally lift the already musically elevated ensemble even higher. Banjos? Bring 'em on!
Later, whilst manning the Book and CD stall (talk about a kid in a sweet shop!) regular Jazz Party visitor from Highgate, Ruth Hazeldine, stated that you hear better New Orleans jazz in Whitley Bay than you do in New Orleans!
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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