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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).


Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday September 17



Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.



Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.



To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Customs House Big Band with Ruth Lambert @ Customs House, South Shields. March 24

Peter Morgan (md/tmb), Ken de Vere, Gordon Marshall, Michael Lamb, Simon Dennis, Paul Riley-Gledhill (tpts), Chris Gurgit-Smith, Mike Fletcher, Gareth Weaver (tmbs), Jill Brett (alt/flt), Elaine Willis (alt/clt), Alan Marshall, Jim McBriarty (ten), Chris Atkinson (bar), Bill Britain (pno), John Lowe (bs), Roy Willis (gtr), Ian Wynd (dms), Ruth Lambert (vcl).

All I can do is reiterate Russell's comments from last night - albeit I don't share his apathy towards Glenn Miller, possibly because In The Mood was the first record I ever bought and it sent me on this wonderful journey that took over the rest of my life!

What Russell didn't mention was that Jim McBriarty had nice solos on Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue and I've Found a New Baby or that trumpets Lamb and Dennis also blew well. The trumpet section tonight, incidentally, was filled out by Gordon Marshall.
Stardust didn't bother me and I applaud the attempt to present it differently  Artie Shaw still rules on that one though.
What did knock me out was the rich and lush arrangement of Warm Feeling - it had just that!
And Ruth! As well as the numbers Russell enthused about, our girl also did Love is Here To Stay, Bewitched, Night and Day, The Man I Love and a knock-out version of Time After Time where her jazz qualities really took hold.
Excellent concert although not the full house it deserved.
PS: I agree - Jill was exceptional.
Customs House Big Band website.


Bill Weston said...

We were at the Customs House on Tuesday 23rd and enjoyed the programme. At some point during the evening Peter Morgan advised us that the band would be playing in September at the Saville Exchange. Would you know the exact date as I can't find it on the Saville website.

Lance said...

June 18 at the Saville. 8:00 start.

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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.
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