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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Thursday March 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Archipelago - King's Hall, Newcastle Uni, 1:10pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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BABMUS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Andchuck - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6sf. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 29, 2015

News from Hummersknott

(Review by Tony Russell – no, not the Tony Russell!)
Hummersknott Academy, located in a leafy Darlington suburb, hosted Darlington Jazz Club’s big band night featuring the superb Durham Alumni Big Band and the Durham County Youth Big Band. Tony Eales, Bebop Spoken Here’s big band correspondent, as ever, took a front row seat in the Hummersnott rehearsal base and reports a big turn-out for the occasion.
Yesterday’s early Sunday evening concert presented the alumni on the floor, rather than the available stage behind them. Trumpeters Jonny Dunn and Ian Robinson knocked-out cracking solos (Robinson on Black Orpheus) and Alex Baker, the band’s star tenor man, played with his accustomed authority, exemplified by a fine solo on Lady Day.
The stars of tomorrow – the Durham County Youth Big Band – played an opening set of their own. Parents, siblings, friends, all applauded every solo, every tune. Our man Eales predicts a big future for Tom McDonald (trombone). At the end of the evening the senior band joined forces with their younger counterparts for a larger than large finale. On July 12th at the Quakerhouse pub in Darlington town centre the jazz club’s guest is none other than Alex Baker. Tenor, piano, bass and drums – small group jazz at its best. Doors open at half past five, first set at six o’clock. Thoroughly recommended.  
Tony /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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