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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Jazz Café Jam - Dec 2.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Matthew MacKellar (dms); Mitch? (dms); Russ Morgan (dms); Nick Gould (ten); Jeremy (tpt); ? (vcl); ? (bs gtr) - maybe Uncle Tom Cobbly and all...
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
The room was literally jam packed with jammers, lined up in an orderly(ish) fashion, eager to blow. And who wouldn't with the house quartet laying down such a solid foundation?
In the old Crombie days Keith used to boast about the international nature of his clientèle. Well that tradition continues - Saturday we had Brazil and Germany represented and tonight we had trumpet man Jeremy from the south of France, blistering tenor saxist Nick from Edinburgh and a charming state-side lady, Carla, who exuded friendliness - nice to meet you Carla..
The joint was jumping.
And, although the room was full, where were those people who claim to be jazz fans but are rarely seen outside of their own comfort patch Dave and Pam obvious exceptions here and, of course, Bruce - if Bruce's Mike Hammer headgear is missing from a JC gig then I fear for the future of Jazzkind!
This was north east jazz at its finest - and it was free!
I'm not going to list all the highlights - there were too many - just debottomise the sofa in two weeks time and discover real live jazz. In the meantime, as you're reading this blog, just take in all the goodies that are available at a venue near you!
The music is (mostly) wonderful, the venues friendly and the ambience est nonpareill!
More photos by ....
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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