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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Early Bird Sessions @ The Lit & Phil. March 12

Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Nick Caughey (tenor saxophone), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass), Matt MacKellar (drums) & Paul Edis (piano & alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell/photo from archive.)
The Early Birds’ workshop and performance sessions go from strength to strength. Led by Paul Edis, the talented teenage musicians are writing material, playing gigs and on a Saturday morning such as this early spring day, regroup from time to time at the Lit and Phil to get back to basics, learn a tune or two in double quick time and open the doors to an interested, curious audience.
Half an hour or so, half a dozen tunes, today’s session featured two new numbers written by bassist Dan Lawrence. Divorced, Beheaded, George Michael or some such title, fused an English pastoral folk tune – Greensleeves – with George Michael’s Careless Whisper. Tenor man Nick Caughey grabbed a solo and harmonising horns (rhythm section out) did the business. Just Passing Through negotiated many changes featuring two solos; brother Ben Lawrence (trumpet) and band leader Edis (alto).
This Masquerade paraded Francis Tulip (guitar), the frontline horns and bassist Lawrence taking it out. Thirty minutes flew past, the set bookended by Take the A Train (with NYC Subway intro - bustling, chaotic, expressionistic) and a fine take on Bird’s Anthropology (Tulip blazing a bop trail and Matt MacKellar wrapping it up with another accomplished solo). Your next opportunity to be a Lit & Phil Early Bird is Saturday 9 April at 11:00am.  
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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