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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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIJF Day Two: Beats and Pieces Big Band

(Review by Russell)
Late night, the Jazz Lounge, Beats and Pieces. We’ve been here before. Two or three years ago the lads from Manchester led by Ben Cottrell blew ‘em away. So, here they were, ready to do it again. Standing room only, Beats and Pieces (the Loose Tubes of their iPad generation?) strolled out, casual, carefully groomed beardies in the ranks, a motley crew to look at, musically something else.
They were on it from the downbeat. Killer riffs, massive solos, drummer Finlay Panter the fulcrum. Basie they’re not, more like George Russell (x 10). Familiar faces – many have been regular visitors to Newcastle, notably at the Splinter sessions at the Bridge – and familiar material from their excellent debut album together with new material. Ben Cottrell, keen to press home the fact that a new CD is on the horizon (June to be exact) offered a ten percent discount to those present. The discount code is…well, if you were there you’ll know it!
The sections – three reeds, three trumpets, three bones – had fun, no more so than star alto soloist Sam Healey with several superb blood and snot-blowing efforts. Hearing him on CD is one thing, hearing him do it live is why the concert-going experience will live on for ever more. A fabulous band, catch them live, it’s an experience.    
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.
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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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