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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Margaret Barnes - Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday June 6

12pm: Fellside Methodist Church, Ancaster Rd. (Fellside Rd.), Whickham NE16 5BQ

1pm: Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Rd. South, Gateshead NE9 6DT

Donations in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie Hospice.

Rest In Peace.

Today Monday May 29

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, Stocksfield NE43 7AE. 2pm. Northumberland County Show event.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Evening.
Gilad Atzmon & Paul Edis - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. 7:30pm. 0191 2304974.
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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

The Virtuoso Jazz Trio @ Ashington Jazz Club. Nov. 5

George MacDonald (clt); James Birkett (gtr); Tony Abell (bs).
(Review by Peter S.)
Last month AJC experienced the power and excitement of the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. This month we returned to an appreciation of small group Jazz. The Virtuoso Trio visited to give our audience a musical masterclass. Led by George MacDonald on clarinet with outstanding support from James Birkett and Tony Abell  we experienced  the joyful compositions of George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Shearing, Jobim, Gilberto, Fats Waller and more. 
The musical cocktail was a delight and I’m convinced that B.G. and Charlie Christian would have been proud of this performance. This collaboration was also very reminiscent of the 1952 partnership of Stan Getz and Johnny Smith recordings in my personal library. The audience listened and applauded in admiration at the instrumental skills of our guests. There were occasions when you could have heard a pin drop and it was obvious that we were all having a wonderful evening with octogenarian George, Jim and Tony. The joy of working with each other as the exchanges between them were so obvious. Mr. MacDonald’s introductions were also interesting with humour. Long may they continue giving audiences the flavours of this Jazz genre .
Programme:- But Not For Me, Somebody Loves Me, Lady be Good, In a Mellow Tone, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, It Don’t Mean a Thing, One Note Samba, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Margie, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stomping at the Savoy, Airmail Special , Flying Home, Skylark, After You’ve Gone, Lullaby of Birdland, The Girl From Ipanema.
Peter S.
Christmas Event.
Meeting at the Elephant – Wednesday 3rd. Dec. at 8.00 p.m. Gypsy Jazz with Caroline.

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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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