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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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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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