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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Wednesday February 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Lindsay Hannon - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8ppm. £4 (Students free).
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Cancelled this week only. Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Cancelled.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Windows Expand Central Arcade Store in Newcastle

Bryan Ferry refers to spending his part time earnings working in a tailor's shop as a schoolboy and spending his wages buying records in Newcastle's major music store Windows of the Arcade.
Well, as someone who spent 30 years of his working life there, I was delighted to hear of their expansion plans in the Central Arcade.
A music shop isn't like Tesco or Asda, it's a place where you get expert advice, meet friends, become friends with the staff and then, if after absorbing the knowledge gleaned, you off and buy on eBay/Amazon, maybe you stop looking at yourself in the mirror for awhile... until the damn thing stops working!
I remember a guy buying a flute for his daughter and bringing it in to the store because she couldn't get a sound out of it. He showed me the instrument and said, "It's just a hollow tube - nothing inside it!
I blew him the first movement of the Mozart Flute Concerto in G (K313)* which convinced him the flute worked!
Details of store expansion here.
Lance.
* I exaggerate - it was actually a C scale that I played! 

2 comments :

  1. Your smiling face was always there when I needed new reeds :)

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  2. Tesco and Asdo - aren't they the regulars on BBC Radio Newcastle's Total Sport?
    ;-)

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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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