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Bebop Spoken There

Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Sunday October 23

Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Giles Strong (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
More Jam – The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free. All welcome to blow.
Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet - Blaydon Jazz Club, Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £7. *****
Baghdaddies - Trimdon Colliery & Deaf Hill WMC Club, TrimdonTS29 6AJ. 7:30pm. £3.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Scott Hamilton and Steve Fishwick at Darlington Arts Centre

Rather than go to The Sage and listen to Sir John and Lady Cleopatra tell me how wonderful they are, I opted to drive to Darlington and catch Scott Hamilton and Steve Fishwick at the Arts Centre. Well worth the 45 minute drive for a 'comfortable' evening of neo-bop. Steve Fishwick impressed and the ubiquitous Colin Oxley once again provided some interesting guitar work both soloing and 'comping. Scott Hamilton played well although he struggled on Strayhorn's 'UMMG' (Upper Manhattan Medical Group). Steve Brown, another ubiquitistic person, and Dave Withard gave sound backing although I'd like it if Steve Brown, just once, would stop smiling.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm a Lucky Guy

Listened to Mingus - 'I'll Remember April' 1962 Bud Powell on piano, Eric Dolphy alto and Booker Ervin tenor. Pretty wild with Bud playing great piano. Cooled down with Becky Kilgore singing Maxine Sullivan songs. 'It's Wonderful', 'You're a Lucky Guy' among others. The latter is a relatively unknown Sammy Cahn tune and should be done more often

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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: I look forward to hearing from you.