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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 02, 2015

The Simon Spillett Quartet play the music of TUBBY HAYES! Ronnie Scott's Club, Sunday November 1.

(Press release)
Following on from their sell-out performance at Ronnie's in February, The Simon Spillett Quartet returns to Frith Street in November to once more perform the music of the ultimate British jazz legend, Tubby Hayes.
Led by tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett - winner of several accolades for his music, including Top Tenor in the British Jazz Awards, and latterly author of the definitive book on Tubby Hayes (The Long Shadow of The Little Giant), the quartet features pianist John Critchinson, a regular member of the Ronnie Scott group for over fifteen years, bass icon Dave Green, a player whose CV boasts such formidable names as Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins and sui generis drummer Spike Wells, whose international career has seen him working with stellar jazz names including Johnny Griffin and Roland Kirk.
John, Dave and Spike all knew and worked with Tubby Hayes, with Spike a member of Tubby's big band and quartet from 1968 to 1973, lending a distinctly personal edge to this celebration.
The music played by this dynamic quartet will include themes written, arranged and associated with Hayes, including material from albums like The Jazz Couriers in Concert, Tubbs in New York and Mexican Green.
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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.
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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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