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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

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

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Alone Together: Noel Dennis & Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café. Feb 27

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn); Dean Stockdale (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo by Lance from archives).
Together again at the Jazz Café, Noel Dennis and Dean Stockdale played a superlative set of standards. Autumn Leaves, Love for Sale (Noel Dennis straight at it with ideas flowing) and Beautiful Love (Dennis on flugelhorn). Dean Stockdale coaxed a tune out of an ailing upright. Two top flight musicians in top gear. Quite a start!
My Funny Valentine (‘a week late’, observed Dennis) featured sensitive flugelhorn. Kind of Blue yielded Freddie Freeloader with Wynton Kelly’s part taken on by Stockdale with value added stride into the bargain and Dennis hitting on a slurring N’Awlins’ vibe. Class playing, the audience showed its appreciation, an excellent first set.
Nostalgia in Times Square opened the second half with Stockdale’s penchant for stride in evidence and Dennis saying he had left his car in the nearby Times Square multi-storey car park! Tom Harrell’s Moon Alley got another runout. Trumpet players love Tom Harrell, this one a bossa feel, straight in. Alone Together was very together; fleet flugelhorn and a sparkling piano solo. Some Day My Prince Will Come, Blue in Green – the tunes kept on coming. Introducing the latter number whilst fitting a battered mute, Dennis recalled that one of his young children said to him as he was about to get in some practice: Dad, close the door.
The Saturday night Jazz Café crowd comprised the usual faces, the new and the transient. They were treated to – Humph would have concurred – the best of jazz. Determined to go out on a snorter, Dennis and Stockdale left them trailing in their wake on Au Privave. An insistent audience won an encore. Dennis’ lip was surely in danger of giving out. Superb playing all night, he and Stockdale took it down on There is no Greater Love.       
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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