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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 Wednesday April 26

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.
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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Who's that standing next to James Harrison?

Ashington's John Taylor brought this photo of pianist James Harrison and Philip Schofield, co-presenter of ITV's This Morning, to my attention. Schofield is currently headlining a touring show - Knight's of Music - with James as MD.
In my naivety, I assumed, given the show's title, that this was a show centred around the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, King Oliver etc.
As if!
No, the music featured is the music of, among others, Sir Paul McCartney; Sir Elton John; Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber; Dame Shirley Bassey; Sir Van Morrison; Sir Tom Jones; Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Cliff Richards - no mention of Sir John Dankworth or Dame Cleo Laine!
Still it is a prestigious feather in James Harrison's cap and we're proud to say that we [BSH] were among the first to spot his talent!
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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