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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ray Burns w. the Peter Gilligan Trio @ The Cherry Tree - August 3.

Ray Burns (vcl/hca); Peter Gilligan (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
August in Jesmond - the residents are now non-residents, sunning it in the Bahamas without their pyjamas as opposed to the alternative of being rained upon on Osborne Rd. However, a select few of those Jesmondites who hadn't deserted their native habitat found sustenance and song at the Cherry Tree.
Ray Burns was making his debut at the venue and seemed a little overawed by it all. Nevertheless, Ray's been around the block once or twice and by the time he hit Sweet Lorraine he was well into his stride with Messrs. Gilligan, Harland and Morgan providing the perfect cushion. It was unfortunate that it was after this pre-interval number that I had to leave. A sick computer decreed I made an early departure,
Prior to this, Ray had played and sang: Out of Nowhere; Ain't Misbehavin'; Masquerade; Misty and Girl Talk (instrumental) before finishing the set with the aforementioned Sweet Lorraine.
Yes, Lorraine was sweet, almost as sweet as my Eton Mess which was delicious beyond words although perhaps a little too much after Pan Fried King Prawns, Spicy Arabian Sauce, Fennel and Shallots which was my starter (Nicola's recommendation) whilst the Gilligan Trio's starter  was Have You Met Miss Jones?
Main course - Rump of Lamb, Baby Gem, Caramelised Shallots, Honey Fondant and Red Wine Jus.
Chapeau chef!
An enjoyable evening.
Lance.
PS: Computer now back up and running although the blog sidebars are still only walking!





















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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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