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Bebop Spoken There

More from Jazz Monthly:

Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie. June 11

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (keys); Paul Susans (bs gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Jazz has all those wonderful train songs - A Train; 9:20 Special: Midnight and Chattanooga Choo Choos; Happy Go Lucky Local; Night Train - there's probably been more trains captured on manuscript than you could find in a 1938 edition of Bradshaw's. But, what about the bus? How many of the great tunesmiths have used the humble omnibus as, not only an affordable form of transport, but as a vehicle for their compositional skills? Apart from a twee effort by Flanders and Swann - A Transport of Delight - some years ago, I can't think of any - until last night that is.
Last night, the Pilgrim St. Set played a Richard Burns opus entitled Number 1 - the trumpet player confirmed that it was about a bus. 
Well, the Number One bus runs from Slatyford to Four Lane Ends and (if you're lucky) back again. Burns' portrayal of this route had it all. The stops and starts, the change of tempo, the blast by Gary who exceeded the speed limit - in fact all that was missing were the teenage mums and their buggies!
Superb solos all round.
Apart from this plug for Stagecoach, there were many more, mainly original works by the 'Set', causing us to beg the question as to why the band aren't heard elsewhere and I don't just mean Newcastle - their pedigree is such that they deserve to be heard throughout the land!
Jazz, Funk, Free - you name it - it's there!
Catch them on the second Thursday of each month - next one July 9.
Lance.

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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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