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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).

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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 Monday September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gillespiana @ The King's Head, Crouch End. Tues Aug 17.

Pete Long (alt/ldr). Tony Fisher, Steve Fishwick, Mark Armstrong, Nathan Bray, ? (tpts). Andy Rodgers, Keith Hutton (tmbs). Lisa Gordon, Sammy Main (alt), Tommy Lawrence, Richard Shepherd (ten), ? (bar). Matthew Regan (pno), Alan Grahm (vbs), Roberto de Pla (timb), Satin Singh (conga), Dave Chamberlain (bs), Mark Fletcher (dms).
Is there a better big band than Gillespiana? The 100 plus who squeezed into the tiny basement of Crouch End's King's Head would give an emphatic 'no' and I would agree with them. In such a small room it was absolutely incredible.
I imagine this was what the original Gillespie big band sounded like on location. Imagine a trumpet section of 5 Dizzy's with each one a great soloist in his own right. Add some hard-blowing saxes, a couple of trombones and an MJQ rhythm section with congas and timbales and your beginning to get the picture. Oh yes and there is Pete Long. Alto player extraordinaire, wit and raconteur, Pete has put together a band that simply swings like crazy and, although they are playing material familiar to the Bop Generation the solos are very much of today.
Manteca, Our Delight, Woody'n' You, Oop Bop Sh'Bam (naturally!) Guarachi Guara etc.
Anthropology had a wild solo by Pete that lead to a 5 trumpet battle with the saxes blowing a Little Brown Jug riff which later segued into The Champ behind them. By this time my heart was beating like Dave Chamberlain's bass - could I survive without a cardiac arrest? The final Things To Come meant there was no way I'd be running for the bus - I was flying!
Phew!
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Sounds amazing, if only I could find out about these things in advance!
Dan Johnson

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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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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