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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ray Chester’s Music Library Heard at Gateshead Old Town Hall. May 9

Bebop Spoken Here’s Deep South correspondent Tony Eales made the trip north to be at Gateshead Old Town Hall to hear the Vivo Swing Orchestra delve into the library of the late Ray Chester to play a selection of his award-winning arrangements. A good turn-out assembled in the grand surroundings of the former town hall to hear the north east-based ensemble play two sets of timeless numbers including Night Train, Satin Doll and Button Up Your Overcoat. The orchestra’s hope is to do it again sometime soon. Ray Chester’s music library was kindly gifted to Sage Gateshead by the Chester family to be used as an educational resource. There is much more material to be studied and performed and will serve as an invaluable learning opportunity for future generations of musicians.     
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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