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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Lewis Curry & Glenn Lambie @ St Nicholas Cathedral. May 6

Lewis Curry (keyboards & vocals) & Glenn Lambie (cajón)
(Review by Russell)
Lunchtime in the pews. 2015 graduates of Sage Gateshead and Newcastle University, Lewis Curry and Glenn Lambie played a short set in St Nicholas Cathedral to a small congregation of city visitors, city dwellers and assorted odd balls. A jazz set? No, but with Mr Tulip’s recent essay on Yes (no, please no!) finding a place on this jazz blog, there has to be a spot for two talented musicians finding their way on the north east’s vibrant music scene.
St Nicholas has to be one of the largest performance spaces on Tyneside. Placing two musicians in front of the altar, the architectural splendour of the cathedral could quite easily intimidate and inhibit. Lewis Curry sat at his Yamaha keyboard, singing songs, percussionist Glenn Lambie sat crouched over his beat box cajón. The duo played one song after another, pop hits of the day and yesterday and the decades before yesterday. From Coldplay to David Bowie to the Beach Boys, it comes as no surprise to learn the lads play at numerous venues as a duo or with the full band – the Lewis Curry Band.
The Killers’ Are We Human or Are We Dancer? Radiohead’s High and Dry and one of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s classics – How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You) – suggests a pad full of tunes will see Curry make a living on the cabaret/function circuit. And nowt wrong with that. Perhaps it was lost on most, but there was a beautiful juxtaposition the likes of which can only be by chance being in a place of worship; the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows, followed by Superstition. Throw in Bowie’s Life on Mars and the brethren could be forgiven for thinking someone was taking the proverbial.
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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