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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hear the Mo Scott Song Book at the Lit & Phil

Tomorrow lunchtime, Friday 19, Mo Scott, Empress of the Blues, sings jazz and blues in the company of long-time musical associate Neil Harland (bass) and pianist Paul Edis. In the intimate confines of the Loftus Room at the Lit & Phil this will be a rare opportunity to hear Scott up close and personal. No one sings the blues quite like Mo – you believe it when she tells you how it is. Bassist Neil Harland is her ideal accompanist; years of gigs makes theirs an instinctive partnership, talking, walking bass lines conversing with Scott. Paul Edis has recently established a working relationship with the vocalist – playing as a duo – and this lunchtime meeting is likely to dip into the jazz repertoire as well as Scott’s natural oeuvre of the blues. The Lit & Phil’s monthly concert series continues to attract a large following. To be sure of a seat, arrive in good time for the one o’clock start. Pay on the door (£4.00.), get yourself a tea or coffee, or something a little stronger, and enjoy the one hour set of classic jazz and blues from the Empress of the Blues – Mo Scott.        
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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