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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)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Jam Session @ Jazz Café - August 4











Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Gowland (ten); Rob Bates (dms); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Luke Stuart-Smith (bs); Francesco Falconi (pno).
(Review by Lance).
Circumstances decreed I left early even though there were other aspirants waiting in the wings aspiring to aspire - no doubt First Mate Russell will chart these aspirations.
Gilligan, Grainger and Morgan have long since aspired and, on this balmy evening, they set the standard at an almighty high with Morgan's brushwork as dynamic as any three stickmen combined. Horace Silver's Summer in Central Park had all three artists painting a picture of that idyllic setting (give or take a mugging or two). Bradley made it a quartet then Pete took five leaving Bradley in charge for All the Things You Are and Wave.
PG number 3 Gowland tenorised I'll Remember April and Darn That Dream, Bassist Luke Stuart-Smith,  lynchpin of DUBB, stepped up to the plate for Just Friends and Stella by Starlight had Lapworth, Falconi and Bates joining Stuart-Smith.
There were other highs (Alec J. Gamble could be heard warming up, Debra Milne had arrived and Ian Forbes was about) and, I'm sure, many more to follow before the party was over.
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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