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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.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Andy Lawrenson Trio - February 6

Andy Lawrenson (violin, vocals); Simon O’Byrne (guitar, vocals); Paul Carroll (upright bass, piano) + Also guests Stu Finden (soprano sax) Fiona Finden (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This was described by the band as their Stephane Grappelli show, so we held on to our hats (should it be berets?) for an evening of stonking, swinging Grappelli/Reinhardt gypsy jazz.  A large audience (donate more chairs?) heard such numbers as My Dear Mr Shane (Mei Bir Mist Du Schoen), sung by Andy; Tea For Two, with its beautiful verse from the guitar, main theme from a luscious-sounding violin, and loads of improvisation all round.
That’s just a small sample of what we enjoyed: other numbers included Reinhart’s 1940s tune Nuages; a 1937 tune of just introduction and chords, the band make up the rest: I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; It Don’t Mean A Thing; Honeysuckle Rose; How High The Moon; Misty; a very dramatic Jealousy tango; Besame Mucho. For good measure, to show what the fiddle could do, we had the well known Caprice No. 24 (Paganini), with Paul using the piano as a bass line.  I especially liked the slightly husky tone of Simon’s voice on Misty and Besame Mucho. Sorry about any tunes I’ve missed or mistitled, but I was also counting the money we’d taken – we volunteers get to do all sorts.
Then came the surprise guests, the Findens, to join the band for the mad lyrics of Bernie’s Tune (twangy guitar and Fi scatting) and also Lester Leaps In.
This was when I leapt out to catch the Metro. Another night of wonderful music at the Globe.
Ann Alex    

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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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