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June Christy: "We used to say that if Stan [Kenton] had wanted to become President, nobody else would have stood a chance. ''- (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).


Eddie Condon: "Every Kenton record sounds to me as though Stan signed up 300 men for the date and they were all on time." - (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).



Today Friday October 28

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Emma Fisk/James Birkett Duo - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., /Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea – Ushaw College, Nr. Durham DH7 9RH. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
Ruth Lambert/Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's South Shields.

Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Ian Hetherington (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl/raffle).
The Vieux Carré Jazzmen may be taking part in a World War II re-inactment over the bank holiday but the Maine Street gang got in first with a rousing rendition of "The White Cliffs of Dover". For a moment I was transported back in time 68 years to 1941 when a German bomb dropped on the very spot where I was sitting! Fortunately this time the only explosions were in the rhythm section.
Olive was, as always, in good voice as she chanted "Jeepers Creepers", "When You're Smiling" and other faves. For this style of jazz they don't come much better.
Herbie, of course, added to the mix with some gutsy trombone on "Nagasaki" (where the women chew tobaccy) and, as is obligatory for brassmen, gravelly vocals - he does it well.
The inscrutable Derek on clarinet added a Bach-like flavour to "Jeepers" and managed to retain his inscrutability during "I Want To Be Happy" - Marshall would be proud of him.
"A Slow Boat To China" - always a favourite of mine - had a nice bass solo by Alan Rudd.
Just a few of the delights, not forgetting Herbie's harmonica solos and some really great barrelhouse piano from Malcolm Armstrong. Malcolm played at the very top of his game today and probably drew the most audience applause after Olive.
A newcomer (to me), Ian Hetherington on drums, really kicked the band along. Playing in the tradition of Lennie Hastings his solos, breaks and general punchiness were ace high.
Without doubt, the best jazz gig in South Shields.
PS: Herbie tells me that Wednesday's gig at the Lambton Arms, Eighton Banks, was a success and will run on a weekly basis.

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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.)
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