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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)

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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

John Coltrane @ Newcastle City Hall - November 1961

I always enjoy spending a bit of time browsing your website (I remember thrilling to Willie Payne's playing too) and I thought you might be the person to approach with a John Coltrane in Newcastle question.
The A Love Supreme 50th anniversary programme on radio 4 last week jogged my memory of a  reference book listing for a Newcastle City Hall Coltrane gig in November 1961.  It'd be great to know more about this gig - maybe one of your readers might remember hearing of it or even being there?
Mick Wright.

Well Mick, I was there and I hated it! I very much preferred the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet. I just wasn't ready for Coltrane, despite having loved his earlier work on Prestige and Blue Note. Maybe I'd still feel the same today!
Imagine though, a two band gig with Elvin Jones in one band and Mel Lewis in the other!
Lance.
PS: Thanks to Ken Drew for editing program photo.

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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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