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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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Today Thursday March 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Archipelago - King's Hall, Newcastle Uni, 1:10pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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BABMUS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Andchuck - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6sf. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. May 8

Maureen Hall (vocals), Jim McBriarty (clarinet & vocals), Don Fairley (trombone), Roy Gibson (keyboards) & George Davidson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
If it’s Friday it must be Rendezvous Jazz. The Piper (closed and reborn as the Sandpiper), the Porthole (closed, with a change of use to an architectural practice), then there was the Black Horse in Monkseaton. Maureen Hall and the boys wasted no time in moving a few doors down Front Street to the Monkseaton Arms. Next Friday…
Next Friday, joking aside, Rendezvous Jazz will be at the Monkseaton Arms! Building an audience is one thing, taking it with you is another thing entirely. Maureen Hall’s fans are a loyal lot and the Monkseaton Arms has seen an upturn in its Friday lunchtime trade. All seats taken, beer flowing, non-stop food orders, the publican can’t be anything other than delighted. Four hand pumps, Deuchar’s IPA and Black Sheep the favoured brews, a high stool vacant, the band sounded good. Vocal duties were shared between Hall, clarinet ace Jim McBriarty and the singing drummer George Davidson. Vaudevillian McBriarty sang to the sweeties (Sleepy Time Gal) and played flawlessly on clarinet. The Sheik of Araby, then Hall told us about a Big Butter and Egg Man. Having Don Fairley in the frontline is a guarantee of quality, having pianist Roy Gibson on the stand is a recipe for hilarity and fine roundabout playing (bass parts included). Maureen Hall’s Friday band is well worth hearing. In the temporary absence of Gavin Lee, dep McBriarty maintained the standard. Down the years Maureen Hall has been fortunate in being able to call upon a number of fine clarinet players. One former long serving member of the band, Barry Soulsby, died on Wednesday. Hall paid tribute to the man. Your reviewer knew him as a fine swinging jazz musician. When singing a song he did so with an impish sense of humour. Always one to say ‘hello’, always happy to have a chat, Barry Soulsby will be missed.  
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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