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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Have Yourself a Brawl in Darlo on Saturday (October 15)














My worthy constituent, Russell, has, justifiably so, been salivating over the impending arrival in these parts of tenor saxman Vasilis Xenopoulos as if it were the 'second coming' when actually it's the latest of 'many comings'. Nevertheless, it's always good to have this Greek bearing [his] gifts in the area including Darlington. However, some days earlier, in that very same town, there is another great jazz event taking place!
Saturday, October 15 (that's tomorrow!), sees the Basin Street Brawlers in town at the St.Augustine's Centre (5 Larchfield St., Darlington DL3 7TG), the home of the Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. This stompingly great band play an afternoon session that kicks off at 12:30pm. I have yet to hear them live but, going on the strength of their album Tight Like That and trumpet player Pete Horsfall's recent album How Can We Know? tells me that this is no ordinary 'trad band'! When Bebop Spoken Here raves over a band such as 'The Brawlers' let me tell you that it's worth casting aside any stylistic prejudices! I'm already checking out train times. The 11:10am from Newcastle Central should do it - the 2:19 (that took my baby away) would be far too late!
Lance.

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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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