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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. June 5

Neil Hunter (vocals), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Bob Garrington (guitar), Mike Hepple (Hammond organ & vocals), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The sun shone in a cloudless blue sky. The band could be found in the bar. None of this new breed bottled water business for them! A Smokin’ Spitfires’ Sunday lunchtime gig at the Cluny has parallels with an Eastside Torpedoes’ session at the University Theatre (now Northern Stage) with a dedicated following making it a regular date (first Sunday).
These days veteran front man vocalist Neil Hunter is wearing an epic Santa Claus beard otherwise it’s the same big soul voice; Junior Parker, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave. An explosive start, horns firing, Mike Hepple’s smokin’ Hammond, the rhythm section bang on the money. The Barefootin’ crowd danced the afternoon away. How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, the band so good, ‘tight’ is the word. Sing along, dance along, a drinker’s gig. 634-5789, Hold On, I’m Comin’ . The gig works because it’s an ace band. The horns, the Hammond, Bob Garrington’s Telecaster, drummer Gary Cain the driving force.
The Smokin’ Spitfires’ monthly gig at the Cluny is a fund raiser for the Bubble Foundation. Get along, support a good cause and have a guaranteed great time.  
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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