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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Weekend in New York

(Report by John Taylor)
I flew Jet2 to Newark to stay for 4 nights with my Airbnb host trombonist Vera Kemper. Her basement pad was very nice, in a suburban part of Brooklyn only 4 subway stops from Coney Island. Arriving on 5th November (Thursday night) I was just in time to listen to her band rehearsal in the double garage behind her apartment. 3 trombones, 2 percussion, Guitar, Flute, Bass and Keyboard. Several neighbours dropped by to listen and I began to unwind.
Doing the tourist thing each day I enjoyed listening to Vera rehearse in her studio/study on the Friday night. Saturday night she drove me out to Babylon in Long Island for a gig with the Dangerous Big Band. The band got its name as it was formed by cops who would often turn up straight from work wearing their guns. The event was a charity dinner dance in the Methodist church hall to raise funds for a new church organ. Vera played bass trombone and overall the night  made me think of what a Strictly Smokin’ gig could be like in 10 years’ time. A very high standard
The highlight of my stay was a night out with Vera to the Ear Bar on Sunday night. It’s actually the James Brown House at 326 Spring Street. The band "The Ear Regulars" started out as 4 but as the night progressed became 6. This for me was the ultimate Mainstream band. All pros and a great atmosphere with many of the punters in their vintage get ups. A good meal and several pints of Brooklyn Beer rounded a miraculous whistle stop tour of the NY jazz scene. Flew back Monday night arriving Newcastle at 9am Tuesday. I thought I caught a glimpse of Graham Hardy on the plane. I hope he enjoyed his stay in NY as much as I did.
John T.

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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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