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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Margaret Barnes - Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday June 6

12pm: Fellside Methodist Church, Ancaster Rd. (Fellside Rd.), Whickham NE16 5BQ

1pm: Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Rd. South, Gateshead NE9 6DT

Donations in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie Hospice.

Rest In Peace.

Today Monday May 29

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, Stocksfield NE43 7AE. 2pm. Northumberland County Show event.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Evening.
Not Cancelled! Gilad Atzmon & Paul Edis - Now at Ware Rooms, 17 Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UQ. 7:30pm.
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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 26, 2015

The Bell & Bucket New Orleans Jazz Festival. May 25

Paul Bacon (drums), Liz Bacon (clarinet), Jeff Milner (trombone & vocals), Sarah Thatcher (banjo & guitar), Mike ‘Spike’ Kennedy (double bass) & Emily Bacon (vocals)
Review by Russell).
Bank holiday Monday at the end of May means one thing…it’s the Bell and Bucket New Orleans Jazz Festival! This 2015 festival, the second of hopefully many more to come in years to come, mimicked last year’s inaugural event; a two day event, a one o’clock start with invited guests from around the UK and the support of the weekly Monday session’s regulars.
The Bacons – Paul and Liz – are dedicated practitioners of the music of New Orleans. In a nice touch they invited daughter Emily to return to Tyneside to sing at this year’s event. Ms Bacon lives in Bangor, Wales. Sarah Thatcher (banjo and guitar) lives in Newport (in Wales, not Rhode Island), making for a one-third Welsh-based contingent on the stand. A fifty-fifty split in genders made for an unusually healthy number of female musicians in a world all-to-frequently dominated by BOFs (of the male variety). Trombonist Jeff Milner returned following his well-received appearance at last year’s festival and Spike Kennedy (bass) was making his debut at the Norfolk Street festival.
Emily Bacon wasted no time getting up to sing In a Sentimental Mood and, iPhone at the ready (a lyrics’ download, you know), You Are My Sunshine. Mr Milner showed he could sing as well as play trombone on Love Letters in the Sand. Liz Bacon (clarinet) and Emily Bacon teamed up on Crazy and Emily stayed on to sing everyone’s favourite – All of Me.
Festival interval raffle prizes were many – bottles of plonk and various Bacon/Mississippi Dreamboats’ CD releases to choose from. Cullercoats Brewery dominated the bar (no bad thing) and the sun shone, what more could one ask for on a holiday weekend?
Second set. One or two (welcome) later comers boosted numbers. A Ducal treat – Creole Love Call and Mood Indigo (the latter featuring Emily’s vocals) – ensured that day one of this year’s festival got the thumbs-up from all present. Sarah Thatcher’s musicianship got the thumbs-up from your reviewer, as did her rhythm partner Spike Kennedy.
Day two (Tuesday) features three of the north east’s finest; Mr Mac Rae (on this occasion on clarinet), trombonist Laurence McBriarty (to quote Paul Bacon: He can play anything) and pianist Dick Straughn. Sarah Thatcher and Mike Kennedy are staying over. They are well-worth catching. One o’clock start and it’s free admission.        
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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