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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Ashington Jazz Festival: Paul Skerritt Band.

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (keys); John Pope (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The forecast said "Hot" so it was on with the shades and off with the sweater. What they didn't mention was the bitter cold breeze that swept down Ashington's Station Rd for this open air, Ashington Jazz Festival gig.
Nevertheless, fortune shines on the brave and the Scope charity shop  was having a closing down sale - everything £1.
One warm sweater later I was ready - best £1 I've ever spent, particularly as the Paul Skerritt Band were thrown in free - sale of the century!
Despite the inclement weather and the acoustical vagaries associated with open air gigs, it was a cracking afternoon.
Paul was in good voice with James, Tom and dep bass John Pope at the top of their game.
Their usual program, standards and jazzified pops, is always entertaining not least because of the enthusiasm they show for the job in hand and the fact that they make it sound fresh every time.
So, we had; Come Fly With me; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Black and Gold; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; My Lonely Days Are Gone; All About the Bass; Cheek to Cheek; I Wanna Be Like You; It Con't Mean a Thing; Sway; I Feel good; American Boy/Girl; Orange Coloured Sky; Let the Good Times Roll - for the two latter numbers Paul went walkies including popping into a nearby boutique still singing!
As per he finished off with Play That Funky Music White Boy.
A splendid session and, would you believe it? driving back the sun started shining and I was stuck in a traffic jam!
Still, well worth it.
The festival concludes tomorrow night in the YMCA with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band.
Lance.

2 comments :

Paul Skerritt (on F/b) said...

Thanks Lance! And you are accurate, it was like a wind tunnel down there! Great fun though.

Peter S said...

Hi Lance, thanks for your accurate review on the afternoon event. this
windy city lived up to its reputation for variable weather conditions.
That apart the music was good.
Peter S.

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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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