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Today Friday March 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

CANCELLED!

Quay Quartet - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 7:30pm. £5.00. New band led by Callum Mellis.

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Crooners - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £22.50.(£20.00. concs).

Blues

Howlin' Rick & the Rocketeers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, January 07, 2019

CD: Wandering Monster

Latest Ubuntu Music CD to hit the passage doormat is this one by the strangely named Wandering Monster. It's ok and you can judge for yourself by listening here. It ticks all the boxes required by the young contemporary collegiate jazz person of today.

However, what confuses me is not the music - which is fine - but the gig listings. Most of the better known out of town venues are on the tour: Zeffirelli's (Jan. 12); Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (Jan. 17); Sela  Bar, Leeds - album launch - Jan. 20); Spotted Dog, Birmingham (Jan. 22) and many more. And, for once, Newcastle is included, mark Jan.15 in your diary. However, here's the rub, where does the gig take place? Sofar Sounds, it seems, is the place to be but, pardon my French, wtf is Sofar sounds?

Click here (if you can be bothered). Seems it's a secret location down Ouseburn way. They used to do this back in the 1890s when boxing was outlawed and the pugilists would trade blows for the Heavyweight Championship of the World on a barge - mid-river. This could be a clue as to the venue. Alternatively, you could buy the disc and stay home. 

This is either the greatest advertising ploy ever or it isn't. What puzzles me is why none of the other provincial gigs have adopted this approach? Someone enlighten me please - the world is passing me by...
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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