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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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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!
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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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