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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,073 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 492 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (April 9).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Gene Autrey Rides Again. Saville Exchange North Shields

An evening dedicated to the music of Fats Waller, put together by Mike Durham and featuring, in the main, some of the ‘Harmful Little Armful’s’ lesser known tunes. Cast as Fats the Pianist was Keith Nichols, now, seemingly, almost the house pianist at the Saville; a role he performs to perfection aided and abetted by a splendid grand piano. The part of Fats the Vocalist was ably split between Keith and Mike and I wonder if I was the only one in the audience who felt a tad uncomfortable at Keith singing “Black and Blue?” Probably was, judging by the applause. Sharing the front line with Mike was John Crocker (ten/clt) whose tenor playing recalled Fat’s former sideman Gene Cedric in spirit if not in style although it was his clarinet playing that got the gold from this listener. Mike the Trumpet stood in for Herman Autrey and played with the punchiness of Humph the Younger. Mike the Compere, of course, displayed much of the humour of Humph the Elder. On guitar and, for one number only, banjo, Keith Stephen added contrast with some Bernard Addison/Al Casey style solos. On bass, Bruce Rollo did the business in a totally professional manner and Nick Ward on what, back then, would probably have been described as “The Traps,” had some “Slick” and imaginative solos. An enjoyable gig even if the Earth didn’t move too far.

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