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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.)

Archives.

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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie - May 14.

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (keys); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It was during the soundcheck that 'roo trumpet player Richard and owner Warren exchanged comments.
"We could put a mic on the drums" said Richard.
Warren's reply was straight out of Ladies Home Journal (not!) 
Fortunately, at the time, Hoochie had only as many bums on seats as the Green Party - i.e. mine!
However, by the time they hit the deck running, the Lib Dems had been overtaken and the SNP was in sight!
Rob is arguably the best drummer on Tyneside and, unarguably, the loudest! Richard, found this out after stuffing a Harmon (trumpet mute) into the bell for the opening number - great drum solo.
Gary fought fire with fire and soon Rob was the one struggling to be heard!
However, come the second number, the Harmon was relegated to the back bench, the balance sorted and it was game on!
This was a Gary original that was, maybe, called Amarillo, Armadillo or I'm a Gorilla depending on how well you speak Australian. What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name etc...
As befits the composer of the tune Gary batted first - if Kevin Pieterson played tenor as opposed to cricket this would have been him in full flight and selection guaranteed.
Progress, by Richard had a great Jazz Messengers feel about it and Paul Susans impressed.
By way of interest, the whole rhythm section was Triptych who play at the Lit and Phil next Friday lunchtime (May 22) and at the Gala theatre, Durham today (May 15, 1pm.).
Paul Edis' We Get Along. Paul was introduced as "our keyboard player - we used to say pianist or piano man" I like the Aussie humour and indeed the trumpet playing.
And so the evening unfolded. Each number better than the last but not as good as the next one.
Even Happy Birthday sounded good.
The Pilgrim Street Set? It should be the Frith Street Set!
Catch them again on June 11.
Lance.

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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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