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Bebop Spoken There

Gregg Field: "If I play an aggressive fill, he [Sinatra] might look back with a huge grin on his face. But if we don't do something right, we get the ray, and his ray makes Benny Goodman's ray look like Mother Theresa's ''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Clifford Brown: "Club owners hire stars, but try to save money by putting in a local rhythm section. If these new men are weak musically, they hurt the star's reputation too." - (Down Beat May4, 1955).

Archives.

Today Thursday September 29

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, Market Place, Bishop Auckland. 12:30pm. Free.
Evening.
See Nine - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Guests - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
The Big Chris Barber Band - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 7:30pm. £21 (£20 conc.)
Pocket Jazz Orchestra w. Jud Downes (tpt) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8:30pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, 7:00pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Everything's Rosy at Rosie's (Malone's)

Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Barry Soulsby (clt/vcl), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Ollie Rillands (dms).
Although there was no Olive this week and Barry Soulsby depped for Derek Fleck (and Olive?) it was still business as usual as the Maine Streeters played their usual brand of trumpetless Chicago style jazz. to a decent sized crowd. It is rare to see any of the jazz fraternity in Rosies but, nevertheless, they seem to enjoy it in a noisy sort of way.
I recall a story of the River City, back in the days of Joe Shenton, castigating an audience that was listening so intently you could have heard a beat drop. Joe addressed the audience and said, "For Gawd's sake make some noise we're getting nervous!"
In the absence of a trumpet, Herbie soloed on both trombone and harmonica as well as doing the vocal on "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" whilst still leaving room for Barry to grab some and Malcolm, the keyboard mercifully hiding his shorts-clad legs from the ladies present, to play some authentic sounding backing.
A pleasant afternoon.
Lance.
Note: The band starts an additional new venue next Wednesday lunchtime at the Lambton Arms, Eighton Banks, Gateshead 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

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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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