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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.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Alter Ego @ Ashington Jazz Club Jan. 7

Keith Robinson (alt);  Niall Armstrong (ten/fl);  Dave Hignett (tpt/flg);  Andrew Hawking (keys); Tony Abell (bs); Dave Francis (dms).
The attraction for me as a Jazz fan for almost 65 years is not only the music but also the manner in which it has evolved and developed over time and the creativity of the musicians who have pursued their ideas in changing the direction of the music. Each trend and style has appealed to many  who have adopted each innovation to their particular taste, whether this  be classic, swing, bebop, trad. modern or whatever label is put on it. This has been good for the music and given variety to the followers. The colourful and often crazy life styles of the musicians has also been of great interest.
With this in mind, we at the AJC have attempted over the years to provide variety on our stage for the members by introducing them to the variable forms.
Therefore, to open our New Year season the Alter Ego Sextet returned to our town to replicate the music of West Coast Jazz which was recreated with some style. The combo was a well oiled unit and gave an energetic and dynamic show of great arrangements interspersed with some disciplined  interplay and instrumental harmonies cleverly constructed. Art Blakey's Messengers would have been amazed by the skills and techniques of these admirable North East tribute guys. They gave us an evening to remember and a flavour of one of the acceptable diversions of the History of Jazz. A great little BIG Band.
PROGRAMME....Roll Call, In Walked Horace, Beatitudes, The Perpetrator, Grants Tune, Blues March, Wheel within a Wheel, Hit and Run, Coastal Breeze, Budini, Undertone, Karita, Mustard Mash, Sudden Samba,  A Bittadose.
NEXT MEETING AT THE AJC AT THE ELEPHANT ON FEBRUARY 4. AT 8.00 p.m.
                                           THE PAUL SKERRITT BAND.
See you there.
Peter S,

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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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