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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Thursday August 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
Rendezvous Jazz - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Indigo Jazz Voices - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4. 7:30pm. £5.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrogate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w.Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto); Dave Archibold (keys)- Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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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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