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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

CD Review: Roly Veitch - A Canny Tale Crowley's Crew.

Roly Veitch (vocal/guitar/banjo/uke) + Stewart Hardy (fiddle on 6 tracks)
(Review by Lance).
By the time the final track ended I felt as though I'd lived in Blaydon all my life even though, apart from the various pubs and clubs where Blaydon Jazz Club has, over the years, nested and passing through the town en route elsewhere I'd had little or no connection to the place.
Admittedly, I'd had a pint or two in the Crowley Hotel but had had no idea as to the origins of its name.
Until now.
Roly Veitch has removed his jazz hat and replaced it with a cloth cap and muffler (or whatever the working man wore in Blaydon long long ago) to tell us in song and story of his hometown's industrial past.

He does it with so much feeling that I imagined I was on backshift down the pit at Winlaton, working in Crowley's Ironworks or his Brickworks. Maybe smelting lead, having fun at the Winlaton Hoppings, going to the races on Blaydon Island - yes there was an island in the Tyne - fighting the Scots at Stella Haugh, meeting Coffee Johnny who wore a white top hat, shopping at 'The Store' (Coop) or maybe working as a keelman. I have cycled along the Keelman's Way past George Stephenson's Cottage across the river from Blaydon and my own hometown, Hebburn, actually has a Keelman's Way School...
Most of the songs are composed by Roly who sings then with the same laidback, wistful sound he applies to his jazz vocals. Close your eyes and you'd think Chet Baker lived in Blaydon - if he had a Geordie accent that is!
No doubting Roly's accent and yet it's not so pronounced as to be incomprehensible in other parts of the country or, indeed, the English speaking world. Nor is it the pseudo-Geordie accent beloved of TV.
As Roly says, "I'm a Tynesider and proudly must say 'Give me the language that's spoken my way.'

Blaydon has a population of 15,155 which should take care of the first pressing.
Lance.
Special mention of Neil Harland's mixing, Dave Kerr's artwork and (on 6 tracks) Stuart Hardy's fiddle playing.

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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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