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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bard - Lives!

Shakespeare and all that jazz.
The two are seemingly inseparable despite the, say, 300-years gap between the death of one and the birth of the other. My first connection with these two unlikely bedfellows was via the Bob Crosby Bobcats 1939 recordings of Arthur Young’s settings of Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind; It Was a Lover & His Lass; Oh Mistress Mine and Sigh No More Ladies. Marian Mann took the vocals and the band comprised Billy Butterfield, Irving Fazola, Eddie Miller, Floyd Bean, Nappy Lamare and Ray Bauduc. Truly a line-up worthy of a gig at Stratford on Avon.
Cleo Laine, back in the days when she was a dame rather than a Dame, recorded It Was a Lover & His Lass with the Dankworth Seven in 1955 and then, in 1964, recorded all four, this time with the full Dankworth orchestra. The album, Shakespeare and All That Jazz, which to this very day, remains an all-time favourite of mine included originals by John Dankworth (The Compleat Works in which Cleo manages to include the titles of all of the Bard’s plays is truly magnificent) and vocalised versions of a couple of tracks from another Shakespearean classic – Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder.
This latter piece is Ellington at his most glorious – Duke was a bit of a culture snob and, who could blame him after this album?
There have been others. I have in my possession a tape by the late Midlands trumpet player, Ken Rattenbury, depicting The Seven Ages of Man from As You Like it.
In the 1930s, Lew Stone featured a trumpet player called Bill Shakespeare and there is also a well-known jazz photographer of the same name!
Geoffrey Smith will be exploring many of the above recordings and more on Radio 3 tomorrow (April 24) at 3pm.
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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