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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Saturday October 20

Afternoon

NYJO + Tees Valley Youth Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 3:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Evening

Big Chris Barber Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Dinosaur - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 10:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

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Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!

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The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Lance's Lament

The situation's out of control. I've now got more unopened, unlistened to CDs than I could ever hope to review and I don't know what to do with them (up yours too!) I doubt if any of my local charity shops will find a demand for 273 albums of original compositions by someone they've never heard of so, artists, agents, hustlers, please do not bombard me with unsolicited CDs without emailing for permission first and, if I don't reply, it's not bad manners - well it is I suppose and I apologise - but take it for a no-no. Also, please forget about downloads. If someone has forked out postage to send me their baby then it has a small chance, not a big one but at least a chance.
To make matters worse, a couple of my reviewers have gone AWOL so, anyone willing to step into the breach is most welcome. You don't get paid (neither do I) but you do get to keep the CD whether you want to or not.
This may seem harsh, and I'm sure there is so much talent slipping under my radar, but someone please tell me the answer.
In the meantime, I'd like to hire a skip just so I don't have to continually sidle along sideways to get from the back door to the front door.
Wait a minute, If I park my car on the street I could store the CDs in the garage, or maybe buy a bigger house with a bigger garage.
I knew there was an answer!
So, anyone with a modestly sized stately home for sale and who is prepared to take every crap CD in the world in part-exchange please get in touch.
Alternatively, anyone whose literary skills match those of Shakespeare, Dickens or Mickey Spillane are invited to join our reviewing team. However, applicants who cite Tolstoy as their mentor will only be allowed to review ECM issues in a darkened room.
Lance.
PS: Despite all that, I do have some goodies lined up for review which is what makes it all worthwhile.

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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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