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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Tate: “Travelling’s part of life. It just goes with the job. It’s in one’s best interests, I think, to enjoy it, because it’s sure what you’re gonna be doing!” – (Jazz Journal February 1992)

Joe Temperley"I was on the bus as Carney's replacement. I said to Harold Ashby 'Where are we going?' He answered 'What difference does it make?' " - (Jazz UK January 2013.)

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Today Sunday January 22

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Going Dutch (part 1 of Double Dutch gig) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 2pm. £12/£10. JNE.
Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 2.pm 0191 2331010.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Going Dutch (part 2 of Double Dutch gig) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 7pm. £12/£10. JNE.
Anth Purdy & Friends - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 6pm. Free with a 'jar at the bar' collection.
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Jam Session - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Alex Garnett's Bunch of 5 - Andromeda

Alex Garnett, Tim Armacost (ten); Liam Noble (pno); Michael Janisch (bs); James Maddren (dms).
(A musing by Lance.)
The CD isn't released until January 26 so this is not the official review - that will follow nearer the release date.
If it had been released this month it would be in with a shout for the Album of the Year Award - one of BSH's most coveted accolades - the other is "Who can drink the most beer without getting a round in?"
Imagine if the Jazz Couriers had arrived on the scene sixty years later - I think they may have bore more than a passing resemblance to the music here.
However, this isn't a CD review but an advance warning of the musical pleasure that awaits the jazz populace of Colchester on Jan 9 followed by gigs in Welwyn Garden City (Jan 18); 606 (Jan 19); Cardiff (Jan 20); Swansea (Jan 21); Bristol (Jan 22); Wakefield (Jan 23); Derby (Feb 6) and Reading (April 2).
Sadly, Derby and Wakefield are as far north as they get which is hardly north at all!
Could the jazz factions that rule from, say Leeds to Edinburgh (via York, Darlington, Newcastle) not combine to let the natives of Antarctica UK hear this tremendous group? 
As a matter of interest, my latest tax statement says that 8 quid of my contributions go to "Culture eg sports, libraries, museums" - is it possible for me to channel my coins to a "Cultural Activity" of my own choosing?.
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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