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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lit and Phil Latest

The last Lunchtime Jazz concert of the summer at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle is on Friday this week, July 29. 1.00pm to 2.00pm, and it is a fitting closing concert with a solo performance by the series organiser and pianist Paul Edis.
Paul is a familiar player in many line-ups, whether it's as leader in his piano trio, his sextet or Triptych, or as keyboard or clarinet player or accompanist is so many other line-ups. But his piano solo playing (which featured on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Record Requests from last year's the Gateshead Jazz Festival) is something special. 
For those of you who missed the launch of Paul's Solo Double CD "Not Like Me / Just Like Me" at the Lit and Phil last November, this is a chance to catch up with some of the new (and familiar) numbers on it; for those who were there it a chance to sample again part of that excellent presentation.
Both CDs were recorded at the Lit and Phil so this is a real 'coming home'. They feature many of Paul's own compositions as well as familiar Jazz standards like Giant Steps, Round Midnight and My Favourite Things, and pieces with a classical inflection like Percy Grainger's Country Garden and Greensleeves (although the latter for me is more another Coltrane reference.
I'm sure this will be a very enjoyable closure to this summer season, and I hope many of you will be able to make it. (I'll miss it as I'm away on holiday on Thursday, but look forward to seeing you again in September.)
Brian Ebbatson
PS Don't forget the diary dates for the Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival (www.ushaw.org)
Friday August 26 to Sunday August 28
PAUL EDIS Solo Piano Friday 29th July | 1.00pm
Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society | 23 Westgate Road | Newcastle NE1 1SE 
Admission £4.00


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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.
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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.)
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