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Russell Malone: "I remember coming home from school every day and heading straight for the record player to listen to Wes [Montgomery]. I tried to lift what I could from his playing. My homework always came later." (DownBeat July 1999).

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Today Friday February 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Nik Svarc Steve Hanley Martin Longhawn - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Hot Club du Nord - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Classic Swing Fri 15 Feb, Mar 1, Mar 15 - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Avenue, West Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club. Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00

Anna Reay & Deon Krishnan - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 3865556. 7pm. Book in advance.

Blues

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - Carter & Fitch, George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Usworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 8:00pm.

Cedric Burnside + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor - Cluny 2, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £12.50. + £1.25 bf.

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

Saturday, July 04, 2015

King Bee @ Hoochie Coochie - July 3

Dave Wilde (ten/bar/fl/vcl); Richard Burns (tpt); Chris Jelly (vbs); Mark Hand (keys); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Dan Brady (bs gtr); Jonathon Marriott (dms).
(Review by Lance).
New faces, new material, new CD (launch imminent), old excitement!
No trombone, no percussionist, new drummer - whether this was permanent or temp I don't know - but the musical temperature remained the same and that was way above boiling point.
The solos sizzled - how could they not with these guys?  Chris Jelly, whom I'd back in a vibraphone carve-up against any other UK (and further afield) mallet man, has added a new gizmo to his machine that, he told me, makes for a better sound balance and, he said ominously, also has a midi feature enabling him to replicate any instrument. Fortunately, those mystical powers weren't unleashed and it was left to Moogist Mark to produce the Martians have landed sounds. Chris did, however, produce sounds that were out of this world but, then again, doesn't he always?!
Not that this was a one man show - how could it be with these guys? Dave Wilde was as frantic as his surname implies on tenor yet allowed sanity to prevail on flute. 
New dad Richard impressed - he had no choice but to pull out all the stops what with him having friends from "Down Under" in the house.*
Steve Glendinning, as always, displayed his virtuosity, Brady stoked the fire down in the engine room with new drummer (or was he depping?) Marriott turning on the heat.
The crowd applauded, they danced, they drank and they made merry which is what a King Bee gig is all about. Long may they reign.
Lance.
*Jenny and her appropriately named husband Lucky!

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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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