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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 Monday September 16



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.



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

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Champion day at Rosie Malone's

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt/sop), Steve Whitfield (keys), Tom Darbyshire (bs), Mike Humble (dms).
First the bad news - Olive is away buried deep in the Cotswolds. Husband Alan is with her and Malcolm Armstrong too is on the AWOL list.
However, Ray Harley and Herbie are back blowing with the Joie d'vivre we expect of them and Steve Whitfield is on a keyboard that sometimes sounds like a piano whilst Tom Darbyshire (or is it Derbyshire?) lays down some good stuff in the basement.
It was a great session - guy in the seat next to me thought that Darktown Strutters Ball was the best number the band had played - ever! Maybe he wasn't far wrong. Midnight Choo-Choo, before leaving for Alabam, ran it pretty close posing the question as to why there are so many great train songs - I guess it is the rhythm - you know - That clickety clack echoing back etc...
Ray and Jim produced some impromptu train noises to help the locomotive on its way.
The boozers too were in their element with Champion Ale - 5.1% - on offer at £2 a pint!
A splendid afternoon - hic!
Bebop Spoken Here's ace cartoonist - Bill Shaw (seen here with myself) - recalled his days in Art College with today's bassist Tom D who began his career back then playing on a tea chest bass.
Thanks to Charlie Craggs for the photo left.

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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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