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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 Tuesday June 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Matt MacKellar.

Mark Williams Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Vibes query

I received this email today from Brian Baggett, posted here with Brian's consent, re his father, ex-pianist. Paul Baggett:
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“My Dad's just turned 80 and it's Father's Day on June 17. I wonder if you could help him with something he's wanted to do for a few years.
Since developing a hand condition that makes him unable to play piano he's interested in trying vibraphone. I've tried all sorts to enable him to do this (without success).
I've bought him tutoring books and CDs. I spotted a vibraphone in the big cupboard in Sage Gateshead after enrolling both of us on a percussion course. The course was subsequently cancelled due to us being the only two enrolled on the course.
They didn't respond to my request to let him give it a try in one of the teaching rooms. 
I've tried looking on Amazon and Google but they are a very expensive way just to find out if it's for him.
Can you think of any way to enable him to 'have a go'?”
Paul.
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Any suggestions as to how we can help Paul and his dad?
Lance.
PS: Photo is one I took of the late Bill le Sage at a Johnny Dankworth gig back in the 1980s

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
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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