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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: P.C. Dettmann - Ernest Zevon

Ernest Zevon is a singer, pianist, drug dealer and user, alcoholic, gambler and a loser. Ironically, gambling is one of those failings where he occasionally wins, although not without cost. He's a combination of just about everyone we've ever met who fell into any one of the above categories. I doubt if any of us has met anyone who ticked all the boxes. Ernest does!
He forms a double act with a woman (Jorja - Georgia with a J and no I or E) who plays great sax. They go on the road with a rock band who are doing a reunion tour which takes them to Newcastle where they play the Gateshead Arena (sic) and Ernest reflects that a city hospital at night had more drunks than the pub.
They go on to Carlisle and Glasgow and...
P.C. Dettmann paints life as it is on the road, in Soho and in Newcastle, Glasgow or any place. It's a tough world for fringe players like Ernest and Dettman tells it as it, maybe, is. The story has shades of an English take on Jim Thompson or Gerald Kersh, Derrick Raymond. It's verging on becoming a noir cult classic in years to come - unless some Hollywood guy with 20-20 vision picks up on it.
I say this because the typeface on my copy is so small I practically needed binoculars. But maybe this was just a review copy.
More rock than jazz but I think I'm maybe going to read it again to pick up on some of the bits that may have passed me by.
And, if, like me, you've found this compelling reading, then you'll want to read his next one - Jorja Pearson (the sax player)
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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