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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. 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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday June 26

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.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Leash: Splinter @ the Bridge Hotel. Nov. 30

Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
If ever the term Supergroup was to be applied to a North East (or anywhere) jazz combo then there can be few more deserving of the title than tonight's triumvirate of talent - truly the Cream of the crop "flailing" under a flag of convenience - Leash. Possibly because they've been let "off the leash" by the various other bands they are associated with - AVC, Zoe Gilby, Shiver etc.
The emphasis was placed on Standards but not your GASbook, Cole Porter, Gershwin standards but classics from the mighty minds of Monk, Rollins, Shorter, Ornette, Eddie Harris et al. The only Gasser being a nod towards Vermont on a Moonlit Night.
The arrangements, interpretations, call them what you will, injected a new lease of life into these classics without detracting from the originals. On drums, Adrian, the archetypal pro, cool and sensitive or driving and dynamic but always sympathetic to his surroundings switching effortlessly from sticks to brushes to mallets as the music demanded. Mark, the benchmark for guitarists everywhere, and Andy - he does everything possible on a double bass except put it under his chin - maestro!
From which you might gather, this was an ace gig.
It also occurred to me that whilst you're voting for Bebop Spoken Here in the APPJA's Media section, any of the above three are worth considering in the Instrumentalist category and Splinter or JNE are surely deserving of a shout in the Venue slot.
Cast your vote here - http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index.php/parliamentary-jazz-awards.
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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