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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Tuesday July 17

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Glenholme Park, New Road, Crook DL15 8LN. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Brass Band - Lanchester, Co. Durham DH7. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Hokum Hotshots - Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour, Blyth NE24 3PB. 7:00pm. £10.00.

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The Good, Rick Astley and the Ugly.

(By  Steve T)
Rick Astley was the main reason I was able to persuade long-suffering, real music widow Mrs T to spend four nights at a Jazz Festival in Cheltenham. In the end, we decided two tickets with restricted viewing just wasn't worth sticking around for.
It seems to me the Festival has taken a giant step this year. Ever since I read Bill Bruford's autobiography, in which he described it as one of the leading festivals in the country, I've made the trip when they've had two class acts close together, which they've generally managed, though it was much easier when my in-laws lived just a little further up the M6. This was the first year I've needed to stay longer.
The good was especially good: Nigel Kennedy originally doing Hendrix, but hey, Nigel Kennedy; rising guitar wizard Rob Luft (or risen trumpet star Laura Jurd); Christian McBride (nuff said); man of the moment Kamasi Washington and classic funk from Tower of Power.

Had I not been treated so shamefully, I'd have likely done Roller Trio, Andy Sheppard, Seun Kuti, Jordan Rakei, Empirical and Arun Ghosh at least.
The bad wasn't all that bad this year either. I could have quite fancied Randy Crawford and Corrine Bailey Rae. We almost saw Caro Emerald a while back and have seen Van Morrison and Imelda May, though not under the banner of Jazz. Apparently, Van (like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the late Leonard Cohen) still thinks he ranks with Miles and Zappa, so he thinks he can be rude and turn his back on his audience - in his dreams.  

A couple of people couldn't believe I was going to see Rick. We've become so accustomed to popstars being terrible singers (see above), we automatically assume they all are. Astley is no Sinatra or Tom Jones, but nor is he Jagger or Bowie; maybe George Michael or Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet. 
We had a brief listen to rehearsals and he sounded in good voice doing something from the Great American Songbook. On return a little later he was doing a song I recognised, identified by Mrs T as one of his hits, but could just have easily been from the GAS. And of course, Ronnie Scott's Big Band sounded terrific.
I think the ugly has become so much worse this year because it no longer knows what it is or who it's for. On a scorching hot bank-holiday weekend, it's a massive event for the town and the local area. A small Co-op shop opposite the park took more money than every other Co-op in the country on Sunday, and the café in the park had its best day ever on Saturday, no doubt superseded on Sunday. But I know of some who travelled for the free stage who were disappointed, presumably because the whole area was completely rammed.
Lots of people come from all over to see the big names and take in some Jazz while they're there, using the programme as a guide and the wish-list, where they rank their preferences.
Then there's the Jazz people, who don't expect preferential treatment, but expect the Box Office to understand that we know what we want to do, and when we do what it takes to achieve that, if the Box Office cocks it up, it's not enough for them to just say 'tough'! But, once they've got your money they don't care; why should they when there are plenty more Van fans where they came from?
The line-up was excellent this year but will need to be spectacular in the future to ever get me back
Steve 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.
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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.)
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