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Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

TRIO HLK + TAUPE @ The Bridge Hotel – March 13

TRIO HLK: Richard Harrold (keyboards); Ant Law (guitar); Richard Kass (drums)
TAUPE Jamie Stockbridge (alto sax); Mike Parr-Burman (guitar); Adam Stapleford (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
This was a welcome change, normally those on the bandstand are 2 generations younger than those in the auditorium, however, at The Bridge on Sunday night for this JNE/Splinter gig, the majority of the audience were young enough not to remember when Newcastle United last won a trophy but old enough to remember when it was the Toon who were at the top of the Premiership and Leicester City at the bottom.
Scotland’s Trio HLK play not only their own material but also tunes from the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea  and Jerome Kern (incidentally respectively). Such is the level of their improvisation, prizes were offered for guessing the names of the tunes covered. No one got the Miles number (Blue in Green)  but someone behind recognised Spain and the person sitting next to me (Sandra) spotted The Way You Look Tonight. It is hard to pigeonhole the style of music as it contained a mix of everything. The band describe it as “deviant jazz” and I see no reason to disagree. Needless to say, all musicians were highly accomplished and the collective sound they ‘cooked up’ was always interesting and enjoyable.
The evening began with a crash as Taupe’s drummer Adam Stapleford simply smashed his way into the band’s opening number. This set the tone for the rest of the trio’s set. The band, formed whilst their members were studying at Newcastle University, like to describe themselves as a ‘power jazz commando team’. The music was certainly powerful and extremely energetic - a heavy metal, free jazz tour de force although surprisingly there were some excellent subtle quiet bits amongst the mayhem.
A great evening then both the youthful and more mature audience seem to really appreciate the high octane performances although I was made aware that at least one of the members of the latter group lamented their missing earplugs.  
Steve H.  

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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.
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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.)
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