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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Hoochie - June 21

(Review by Lance.).
What is there left to say about these guys? The adjectives in the Jazz Lexicon have long been exhausted so, until Mr Webster adds a few more to his dictionary, I'm tempted to cop out with Too Marvelous for Words.
But that would be cheating and as this band doesn't cheat musically then neither shall I.

A program of the tried and tested intermingled with the, at least to me, less familiar. Such a piece was the opening Pianistics. A feature for Graham Don on keys along the  lines of Basie's The Kid From Redbank. It got the show on the road with a bang and soon the packed room were tripping the light fantastic. Skirts a-swirling, hips a-twirling, applause unfurling the bar had been set high!
Warren was smiling, the cocktails were flowing and Lindsay was singing I'm Beginning to See the Light.
James Hedley and F'reez proclaimed Let the Good Times Roll - they rolled!
Apart from the superb vocals that peppered the program so did the solos - as ever the saxes were to the fore with Gowland and Robinson heavily featured and Summers, Toms and my old buddy Laurie also having their meaningful say.
Trumpet blasts from Leader Lamb and Tanton, P. High notes from Marshall, G and trombonistics from Parnaby, K fused with PJ on guitar, Whent, M on bass guitar and that Guy Swinton on drums (and announcements) kept the temperature high.
And of course the section men without whom the sound wouldn't be there.
Three sets? Twenty Three wouldn't have been too many - for the audience!
They're back in September,
Lance.
Steve Summers, Keith Robinson (alt); Paul Gowland , Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Gordon Marshall, Michael Lamb (MD), Pete Tanton, Dick Stacey (tpt); Mark Ferris, Kieran Parnaby, Robert Perry, John Flood (tmb); Graham Don (pno); Pawel Jedrzejewski (gtr); Michael Whent (bs); Guy Swinton (dms); Lindsay Hannon, F'reez & James Hedley (vocals).

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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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