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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CD Review: Colin Aitchison & The China Coast Jazzmen - The Party Never Ends

Colin Aitchison (tmb/vcl); Peping Ciriaco (tpt/flg); Franco Valussi (clt/ten/sop); Aquilino Espirutu (bjo/gtr/pno/sousa); Joselito Garcia (bs); Robert Flores (dms) + Bert Amparado (tpt); Red Pellini (ten); Tom Cord (dms); Neville Sarony pno/vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Go easy on us, said Colin - our Man in Hong Kong and Numero Uno supporter of BSH East of Suez - bit like asking your son to write his own school report!
Those of us who have known Colin over the years and admired his progress since becoming a pro trumpet/trombone player - not least on his annual visits back to the north east - will know what to expect here.
It's Xmas Party time at Ned Kelly's and the disc conveys the atmosphere as good as any video could.
It's Goodtime Jazz! Think of Turk Murphy at Earthquake  McGoon's in Frisco, Peewee Hunt playing Twelfth St. Rag, Ball, Bilk, Spike Jones and, wait for it, Goodman, Bechet, Armstrong and Sinatra!
What a mix! Red Pellini's gutsy tenor brings to mind Hawkins, Ike Quebec - anybody but Lester! Valussi shows the same flare that he did on Tyneside last week and Colin blows like Satchmo although he perhaps overdoes the Louis vocal cloning. Still the audience at Ned's loved it and, if like me, you ain't been there this is as close as you'll get to Jazz Party HQ! 
What an audience! Joining in the sing-a-longs in a way I haven't heard since the Sunday morning Newcastle Big Band Sessions at the University Playhouse (Colin was in that band too where Hey Jude was given a drunken choral accompaniment!) gives one the Blues to be There.
Ask Roy Willis, or Bob Wilber, Dan Barrett and many more who've passed through.
Then, just when you think you've heard it all - up jumps Neville Sarony with an encapsulated history of Ned Kelly's in words and music, relating the story from Larry Allen to the China Coast Jazzmen.
You know what? I might just go out and book my flight for this Xmas (dream on Lance).
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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