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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Archives.

Today Sunday March 26

Afternoon.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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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The Blitz Sisters - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 1pm. £20 inc. Afternoon tea.
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More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Open jam session. Free.
Evening
Dougie Pugh Quartet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Swing Manouche @ Gala Theatre, Durham. June 17.

Mick Shoulder, guitar, Giles Strong, guitar, Neil Harland, bass and Paul Edis, clarinet.
(Review/photos courtesy of Jerry)
When, after the opening bars of All of Me, the musicians went up a gear and applied manouche swing to the Marks/Simon standard, the 100 strong audience at the Gala began a rhythmical journey enabling them, for an hour at least, to escape from referenda, grey skies, and relentlessly bad news.
The nicely melodic Veish A No Drom followed, then the slow, gentle rhythms of Cigano Bolero, a Mick Shoulder original (the first of five) featuring a twangy guitar solo from Giles Strong for whom it was written. I’ll See You in My Dreams had feet stomping again but even it failed to match the kamikaze pace of Lulu Reinhardt’s Noto Swing which followed soon after. 51 Swing, the second Shoulder original of the set, swung more gently with a fine clarinet solo and even Melancholic Mick’s Nuits Solitaires was infectiously rhythmical.
Valse a Gonzo, Shoulder’s improvised pacifier for Giles Strong’s Alsatian (Gonzo) soothed the audience likewise. In Bossa for Zoe (a new tune to me) our composer made amends to Strong’s wife for having written songs for Giles and the dog but not for her. I hope she liked it as much as we did! Coquette was suitably skittish and quirky and was followed by “a traditional gypsy finish” – Minor Swing.
Accessible, uplifting music, brilliantly performed by four top musicians. Truly an hour well spent.
There are five more Gala concerts lined up this year – well worth keeping an eye out for.
Jerry.
Photos.

2 comments :

  1. Thanks to Brian, we made it to see Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche. It was a great hour of music! Thoroughly enjoyed their music and hope they will return soon.

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  2. Anyone who hasn't read my full Alice Grace review (available free on this very site), only one thing to add: fourth instrument! fourth instrument! The senior Edis is a little more forthright in praising his little pianist when there isn't a pen or keyboard around to implicate him, and he forgets I'm a BSH spy.

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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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