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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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Dynamic Duo @ The Black Bull

The north east of England is fortunate in having many fine guitarists working regularly in the region and beyond. Two of the best are heading to Bridge Street, Blaydon this Sunday (June 18). Virtuoso is the word when talking about James Birkett and Bradley Johnston. At eight o’clock on Sunday the guitar duo will take to the stage to present an impeccable selection of jazz guitar tunes drawn from the early masters (Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough and others), stopping off to dazzle the audience with, perhaps, Doxy, then taking a look at the duo’s mutual favourite, Pat Metheny. More, Birkett and Johnston will bring one or two of their own compositions to the table.
Blaydon Jazz Club presents, as Humph would have said: the very best of jazz. Sunday’s concert is top drawer material. It is no exaggeration to suggest that you will hear world class jazz guitar at the Black Bull. Make a note of the date – Sunday 18 June. Arrive in good time to bag a front row seat.
All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of Margaret Barnes.
Russell.             

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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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