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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Dawbarn (review of Joe Harriott's LP 'Free Form'): "Both horns scream and roar away, Keane at times doing a pretty fair imitation of an elephant angry with its keeper." - (Melody Maker, December 16, 1961).

Steve Race: "The non-musician critic knows how music ought to sound. But he cannot possibly know how it feels to create it. He is in the position of the marriage guidance counsellor who has never been married." – (Jazz News, June 6th 1962).

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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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

The Early Bird Sessions @ The Lit & Phil. May 9

Jazz musician and educator Paul Edis invited a select group of students to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning to participate in a workshop at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle.
The signs are good – the participants turned-up and so did an audience.
This first meeting of the Early Bird Sessions attracted five keen students culminating in a half hour public performance. Trumpet, tenor sax, guitar, bass and drums. The age range 15-17. Some familiar faces (some veterans of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival!), one or two already sitting-in around town, under Edis’ leadership good things are sure to come from the initiative. Five tunes in thirty minutes, a lot packed in to the allotted time available. The Flintstones opened the programme (Ya-ba-da-ba-do!), Rollins’ St Thomas calypso-ed along, Scrapple from the Apple featured good guitar playing, bass and drums Headhunted a Chameleon (good tenor sax) and trumpet opened up on C Jam Blues.
Yes, the signs are good. These guys are the future of jazz. Show your support. Bop Before You Shop suggested a Lit & Phil big wig. A good idea. The next session – Saturday 18th July – will be well worth the effort. Don’t forget – 11:00am sharp. £2.00. on the door.
Russell
The Early Birds: Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Nick Caughey (tenor sax), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass) & Matthew MacKellar (drums) + Paul Edis (clarinet & piano)

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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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