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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 Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RIP Peter Byers

It is with sadness that I am writing to let know of the death of Peter Byers of South Shields.
As many of you will know, Peter was a great fan and supporter of jazz and played a large part in the running and organising of the popular jazz club down there for very many years.
Whilst the club was largely made up of "New Orleans" style followers, Peter had a wider vision and he liked to book artists with an appeal to the general public as well as to dedicated fans. 
Of course that club all started around 40 years ago. It was held at various venues around town but probably most successfully at the New Crown Hotel where Peter was an ever present and usually greeted people at the door as they arrived.  So over those years there must have been many musicians and audience who remember Peter's warm smile and wry humour.
Peter's  funeral will take place on Thursday 26th February at South Shields crematorium and his family would like to extend, to jazz followers and others who remember Peter, an invitation to the New Crown Hotel afterwards.
Roy Willis.

1 comment :

  1. Peter's funeral will take place at 11.30 am on Thursday 26th February at South Shields crematorium.

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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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