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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Tuesday June 27

Evening
CANCELLED! Atlas - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE 'Women Make Music'.
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Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - 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.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Let's Make History!

The publication of the tome recalling the halcyon days of the Redcar Jazz Club prompted Steve Andrews and Carstairs to suggest a similar publication on Tyneside Jazz Clubs to perhaps supplement the late Chris Yates' fine book Blue Horizons. There's a lot of material worthy of collating in our RH column under Pages/Memories of Jazz in the North East. In particular the first item by John Pearce gives an excellent overall picture of the scene from pre-war to early '60s.
Add to this the snippets that can be found in Colin Aitchison's Melody Maker collection (admittedly the northeast seemed to be somewhat shortchanged by MM's 'Northern' columnists but that could well be to do with a lack of anyone in our area feeding them the info - if only they'd had a "Dixieland Spoken Here"!) 
I'd also invite any of our more senior readers who feel they have a story to tell about jazz in the north east - either as a player or a listener - to pass on their thoughts and memories of the various jazz clubs, pubs and venues they remember.
Let's Hear You Talkin' To Me!
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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