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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.)

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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, December 05, 2014

First there was the Titanic...

What may or may not have been the longest running (with a recent small break) lunchtime session on Tyneside wraps up on Christmas Eve. The Porthole, near North Shields ferry landing, has featured the Jazz Esquires in various formats for many years. Currently led by ex Squadronaires drummer Laurie Brown, the band has seen many of the area's top names pass through its ranks including Arthur Mowatt, Tommy Moran, Joe McMullen, Stan Martin, Eric Pollard, Dave Weisser, Ian Trewella (whatever happened to him?) to mention but a few. Sitters in included Eric Delaney (!), George Laing, Deena Wilde (Get Carter), Teresa Armstrong - our own Ann Alex even warbled the occasional tune - so sad to see this waterfront hostelry sink - and with it a lot of riverside history.
Here's an idea, why don't we all go down on Xmas eve (1pm) and give the guys a great send off?
Lance.
PS: The pub itself winds up on January 4.

1 comment :

  1. In the days when Munro Sutherland ran the band on a Tuesday evening, I used to dep occasionally for Derek Dixon. In fact I bought his old black bass which had been "rescued" from the Opera House in Algiers in 1941 - but that's another story. It was great to have the immaculately dressed George Evans quietly ask if "you gentlemen would mind if I sat in?"
    Hughie Aitchison played great, restrained, trumpet, I think Bob Coulson was on piano and Lennie Sampson on trombone and Brylcreem.

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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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