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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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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.
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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Samuel Eagles Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Nov. 7

Samuel Eagles (alt/sop); Maceo Brown (gtr); Daniel Kasimir (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A 50% turnaround in personnel since Eagles last landed at the Globe didn't detract from another splendid session by the quartet. If I felt any disappointment at the absence of Ralph Wyld it was quickly dispensed with when I heard Maceo Brown's first guitar solo - this guy is the business. Dave McKeague, being local, we knew could handle the drum chair and it was near impossible to tell that this was his first gig with the band. Kasimir has played the venue several times so no problem there and Eagles is one of the UK's best contemporary saxmen.
A program of originals by the leader from their CD Next Beginning kept the audience's attention from start to finish - thankfully a bigger crowd than on their previous visit. This, I'm sure, was due in part to their afternoon workshop at Sage Gateshead and Debra Milne's glowing reference to the gig on Alyn Shipton's Jazz Record Requests broadcast live on Radio 3, also at Sage Gateshead.
As befits the composer, Eagles needed no dots or chord symbols to show him the way simply soaring through them with apparent ease on alto and, for one number, soprano.
Thanks to Sandra and Steve for the lift to the station. Unfortunate that it clashed with the masses exiting the Metro Arena still, we made it leaving me to pose the question as to why the audience for rapper 50 Cent is so much bigger than that for any jazz artist? Ain't no justice.
Great gig (at the Globe).
Photos.
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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