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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GIJF Day Two: Kevin LeGendre and the Cookers explore Hard Bop

Billy Harper; Eddie Henderson; Jaleel Shaw; David Weiss; George Cables; Cecil McBee; Billy Hart in conversation with Kevin LeGendre.
This was an absolute gem of an afternoon listening to seven living legends - and I'm not using the expression lightly - talking about their careers and their association with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Most, with the probable exception of drummer Billy Hart, had played with the Messengers and all had fascinating stories to tell.

This magnificent seven comprise the line-up of The Cookers who play Hall Two this Afternoon (2pm). The name, The Cookers was inspired by the 2 CD Blue Note set The Night of the Cookers by Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan recorded live at a club in Brooklyn in 1965.
Such was Eddie Henderson's descriptive powers (he had a front row table on that memorable night) you felt you were there too!
Even though this afternoon's session overran by half an hour it still wasn't long enough. I'd have loved to be able to talk to George Cables about his association with Art Pepper or Billy Harper on playing with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis - his extended solo on Fingers from that band's album Consummation is about as good a big band tenor blast as you'll ever hear and that includes Gonsalves at Newport in 1956.
But time caught up and Kevin Legendre, who'd chaired the discussion admirably - albeit somewhat under-miked - reluctantly called time gentlemen please.
It certainly whetted my appetite for today's Afternoon of The Cookers! *
Lance.
*The Cookers, Hall Two - 2pm today (April 12)

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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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