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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Bill Watson on TV!

Bill Watson, trumpet player, band leader and organiser of the Sunderland Big Band Festival is one of the judges on tonight's BBC1 program - Frank Sinatra: Our Way.
So, if your fave doesn't win then put the blame on Bill (and ten others!)
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. I watched it ( of course) and there was no doubt of the winner, easily the best interpretation of Frank's style and ease, and a modest young man too.

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  2. I both agree and disagree Liz. The winner was, as you say, easily the best interpreter of Frank's (or rather Bublé's style) but I think that both you and the judges missed the point, the clue of which was in the title "Our Way". It was supposed to be their own take on Sinatra rather than a blatant copy so, basing that as the criteria, I thought the girl from Leeds who sang "I've Got You Under My Skin" won hands down.

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  3. Agree with you Lance - thought she was excellent. A bit of Diana Krall there perhaps (and others, I'm sure)?

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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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