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Bebop Spoken There

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 11: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 11: Central Bar Quintet plays Chet Baker Sings @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance featuring Pete Tanton + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 12: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.
Tue 12: Harry Keeble Quartet @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Abie, Abie, Abie, My Boy - The Song is Jew

Talking to Dave Brownlow recently we got to remarking on just how many of the better known lyricists and tunesmiths were of Jewish origin. Dave drew up the following list for starters:
Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Lionel Bart, Jerome Kern, Alan & Marilyn Bergman , Burton Lane, Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Leiber, Jerry Bock, Alan Jay Lerner, Sammy Cahn, Frank Loesser, Cy Coleman, Frederick Loewe, Hal David, Johnny Mandel, Howard Dietz, Anthony Newley, Sammy Fain, Randy Newman, Dorothy Fields, Richard Rogers, George & Ira Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg, Norman Gimbel, Arthur Schwartz, Adolph Green, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Green, Jule Styne, Marvin Hamlish, Kurt Weill, Oscar Hammerstein, Victor Young, Yip Harburg, Andre Previn, Lorenz Hart, Lalo Schifrin... These, says Dave, are only some of the better known names, there are many more.
Strangely, despite their ethnic background not many of the songs show traces of the composer's ancestry.
Needless to say, as well as providing material for films, shows and singers of all genré they also form the backbone of the jazz repertoire for which we should be eternally grateful.
Lance/Dave

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Just as an aside, there is a great guitarist Steve Kahn who worked with The Breckers, etc. A really great 'modern' player up there with the Scofields etc. Well he is Sammy Cahn's son - he changed the spelling for some reason. Maybe he wanted to be judged only his own merits. And apparently Sammy himself changed it from Cohen.
Roly

Anonymous said...

That's an impressive list,and for all of my adult life having followed them I have marvelled at this host of Jewish talent. You are right Lance to remind us of the gratitude we should always hold.I seem to remember that it was Yip who we first discussed in those early days of our friendship.

Anonymous said...

Yup! That was Yip back in the days of Russell Davies on a Sunday afternoon.
"What Is There to Say" is one of my favourites. "If I Only Had A Brain" - he lyricised thousands many with Harold Arlen which is about as good a team as you can get. Much better than Lloyd & Webber.
My favourite title of his is a song I've never actually heard but just love the name of the tune -"I'm Glad I Did The Things I'm Sorry For."

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