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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.

Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Three Free Gigs Last Night

(Reviews by John T).
Set off at teatime yesterday [Friday, Sept. 23] to do some shopping in ‘The Toon’.
By 6pm I was in need of refreshment which I found in the form of an excellent pint of Wylam Ale in the Redwood Bar of the Vermont Hotel where vocalist Andrea Pattison, her husband Richard Rutherford, on bass and Graham Don on piano kept me relaxed and entertained for a while
My needs, albeit temporarily, fulfilled I then made my way to the Prohibition Bar in Gateshead, whistling the theme from Get Carter as I walked over the High Level Bridge! 
An audience of around 40 were in good fettle at the neighbourhood speakeasy for BUDTET who started on time. Not seen them before.  I seem to remember a previous line up coming to Ashington Jazz Club but I was on holiday and did not get to hear them.  
Current line-up is: Jim Crinson - Double Bass. Eric Stutt – Drums. Lin Lee Wong – Piano. Jude Murphy - Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals. Fiona Finden - Soprano Sax, Vocals. Stuart Finden Tenor SaxSpecial Guest for the last few numbers – Dave Weisser on electric trumpet.
The Message, Moanin’, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Corcovado,  took us up to the break after which the band came roaring back with: This I Dig of You, Four on Six, Raindrops,  Juice (Ellington), Days of Wine and Roses, Yardbird Suite and Take the A Train.
I really rate this outfit – very professional. The 3 Saxes were perfect together and special mention must be made about Jude Murphy’s flute work. She employed a technic where she appeared to sing and play the flute at the same time. Heard this on records but never live
Made my way back for the last bus to Ashington via a very crowded  Hoochie Coochie to what wasn’t a disco but, actually,  was a seven-piece band (Federation of Disco Pimp – last heard here in June with Pee Wee Ellis). Look out for BUDTET at this venue soon.
John T.

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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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