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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ronnie’s Bar – Jan. 6

 (Review by Peter Ninnim)
 I only recently discovered that there was a separate bar above the Ronnie Scott club in Soho and we made our second visit last week. The venue features resident band the Andy Davies quartet; it costs £6.00 entry and food and drinks are available from 6.30 but the music starts at 9.30. It only operates on Wednesday under Andy.
The group is led by Welsh trumpeter and flugel player Andy Davies and he is an outstanding Jazz star leading on this occasion Rob Luft on Guitar, Lorenzo Bassignani on Electric Bass and the amazing Saleem Raman on drums. The quartet personnel changes from week to week but I counted myself lucky that this was the same line up that were playing on my last visit. The band plays all types of Jazz but is funk and Latin influenced. There is no weakness in the group, all the solo playing is exciting and the large crowd of around 200 (400 on my last visit) respond with enthusiasm. The first quite long set included Dizzy Gillespie’s Bebop, Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder and I think the theme from Spiderman? Given the volume of background noise from the young audience, average age perhaps thirty, it was hard to hear the titles.
In the second set Andy invites visiting musicians on stage and several are regular. There is an outstanding Italian tenor player, first name Marco, who was a great addition to the group and even a special guest drummer!

If you are visiting London and are confidant in your playing take your horn and queue to play.
Peter N

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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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