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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

International Jazz Day

Today is International Jazz Day! Isn't that fantastic? Every venue will be packed, the FM stations will be playing nothing but jazz from Jelly Roll onwards. Every village will be stomping and the BBC will show the complete 625 series well into the night!
In a perfect world!
Truth is that only [some of] the fans and aficionados will have a clue that today is, for jazz people, the equivalent of  St Patrick's/George's/Andrew's/David's day or, on a global scale, the Fourth of July and Bastille Day.

So, much as I'd like to see everyone rushing to a jazz venue near them, it's as likely as seeing me adopting a frog as a pet (It's also Save the Frog Day!)
However, for those who aren't out saving frogs, there is lots of jazz going on in and around the city.
At The Globe on Railway St., next to The Arena, the Jazz Coop present the award-winning trio of Preston Glasgow Lowe in the upstairs Jazz Bar. They've just released an impressive CD and are clearly a band to catch.
Across the river, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are at Sage Gateshead presenting a Dave Brubeck tribute with featured soloists Bill Dobbins (piano) and John Nugent (alto).
Back in Newcastle, the Jazz Café features Graeme Wilson (ten) and Mark Williams (guitar) in a duo they call Grandma.
There's more!
Over at the Cherry Tree, Jesmond, Bradley Johnston provides solo jazz guitar for the diners, Belinda Voshtina and James Harrison dish out a musical chaser to the whisky drinkers in the Vermont Hotel's Redwood Bar whilst, earlier in the day, Paul Skerritt serenades the visitors to Ashington's Farmer's Market.
So let the jazz begin.
Lance.

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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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