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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

The Jazz Ambassadors (and others) One More Time, Once More

In regulation BBC-speak there’s ‘another chance to hear’ (a repeat, but welcome repeat) of Guy Barker’s ten part survey Jazz Junctions. Thursday’s first programme on Radio 2, 10:00pm, began with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (catch up on iPlayer). The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (BBC 6 Music, today, Saturday, 6:00pm) features a Brian Auger session. The Hammond man recently played Sage Gateshead.  
Back in the day the US State Department deployed a secret weapon in the Middle East. A regiment of some of our greatest jazz musicians visited Syria and other areas of ‘strategic interest’. Dizzy, Louis, Brubeck and other jazz diplomats did what they were best known for and played jazz, jazz, jazz (better than war, war, war). In another repeat, Julian Joseph guides us through their story with Charlie Persip’s contribution a particularly illuminating listen (Radio 4, Tuesday at 4:00pm). That Reminds Me (BBC Radio 4 Extra, Tuesday, six o’clock) rewinds to 2001 to hear George Melly’s thoughts on jazz, art, angling and more.
In the early hours of Wednesday and Thursday (1:00am) on BBC 6 Music catch episodes 14 and 15 of the 52 part series The Story of Pop. The two programmes focus on the blues, first the African-American originators, then the British enthusiasts.     
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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