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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bix and the Jazz Ambassadors

Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz (midnight Saturday, Radio 3) looks at the work of the legendary Bix Beiderbecke (pictured). On Sunday afternoon over on Radio 4 (1:30pm) there is a repeat of a half hour documentary – The Jazz Ambassadors of the Cold War – presented by Julian Joseph looking at the US State Department’s sponsored tours taking the great names of American jazz behind and beyond the iron curtain.
Fiery Inspiration: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement reassesses the impact of    politically aware cultural activities in America and their resonance here in Britain. The first of two programmes, tune in at four o’clock, Monday, Radio 4.
Two blues items of note; Liz Kershaw (BBC 6 Music, Saturday, 1:00pm) meets the man of the moment, Mr Robert Cray and over on BBC 4 Extra on Monday there are no fewer than three opportunities to hear John Mayall’s Blues Adventures at 6:30am, 1:30pm and again at 8:30pm.
Google box watchers will, no doubt, want to tune into a quick repeat of Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days on Wednesday, BBC 2, 11:15pm (first shown on BBC4).
Russell.

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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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