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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. February 25

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Tom Lapworth (guitar), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (bass) & Norman Redhead (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Another week at the Chilli. The old hands were on parade. They were joined by guitarist Tom Lapworth (a welcome participant at jam sessions across town). The guitarist’s three friends swelled audience numbers to dizzying heights (three + two + = …at this point the Take it to the Bridge abacus lost count). The West Coast-based (Whitehaven not USA!) Dougie Fielder made the long journey to have a blow. The tenor man chanced the High Pennines’ trail, the worst of the winter behind us.
Weisser, wearing a ‘Miles’ t-shirt, ensured everyone had a loosener on Green Bossa, an up-tempo Autumn Leaves (Weisser vocal, Norman Redhead’s brushes) and Solar (great guitar from Lapworth) – the Wednesday workshop was well and truly underway. Waltz elegance to bop burners (Afternoon in Paris to Well, You Needn’t) mixed it up. T Monk heard Ray Johnson (trumpet) with Barry Ascroft’s expert comping and Redhead’s spot-on ‘time’ behind him. News of Weisser’s domestic tv licence arrangement preceeded a Weisser vocal-led All of Me (good tenor from Fielder). Bassist Ray Truscott played his part throughout, ‘on it’ from Ascroft’s every ‘one, two’ count in. Stanley Turpentine (the musician’s sense of humour) featured. Weisser reminded us that Sugar was a favourite tune of the late Darren Grainger (tenor sax regular at Take it to the Bridge sessions).  
And that was it. An early finish for once. Time for a chat, last Metro home. Next week (March 4) sees the return of Lickety Split. Dave Weisser has secured a one-set (middle set, 9:00pm-ish) performance from Ediie Bellis’ excellent outfit. Think West Coast (USA not Whitehaven!) ‘cool school’ with a frontline capable, should it so choose, of tearing it up. All for the princely sum of £1.00.  Highly recommended. 
Russell.


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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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