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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bratislava Hot Serenaders @ Sage Gateshead July 21


(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Paddy M pictured right)
Russell, whose knowledge of Bratislavan musicians far exceeds my own, presented me with a probable personnel listing but, after enduring Rhapsody in Blue for 10 days (or was it 10 minutes?), I decided against deciphering the names - life's too short!

Apart from Gershwin, Duke Ellington was well represented as were the British bands of the period such as Jack Hylton and Carroll Gibbons. History has shown that, far from being poor relations, many English dance bands of the 1930s could hold their own alongside their American contemporaries.
Apart from Gershwin's folly, the rest of the show was magnificent and, to  his credit, Gershwin was shown at his best in I Got Rhythm, Our Love is Here to Stay, Deed I Do and the little known, Delishious - it was! Our Love is Here to Stay was poignantly dedicated to the late Mike and the very much present Patti Durham  who presented the Hot Serenaders at the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival a few years back
However, this wasn't a history lesson, although in many ways it was, this was an evening of nonstop entertainment by a band jampacked with ace soloists and vocalists.
Leader Juraj Bartos blew fiery trumpet and introduced each number with much humour, there were sax, clarinet, trombone, violin and piano solos - rarely more than one chorus (hallelujah!) - vocals and, of course, the Boswellian Serenaders Sisters who looked and sounded superb.
I closed my eyes and this wasn't Gateshead, it was the Cotton Club or the Savoy Hotel/Café de Paris.
One fabulous evening and in a style that will be near replicated (but not copied) this coming Sunday at Caedmon Hall, Gateshead, by the New Century Ragtime Orchestra. If you enjoyed the Hot Serenaders you'll enjoy NCRO but Hurry! Hurry! tickets are going fast...
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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