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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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Gateshead Old Town Hall Sat. Jan.. 28

Steve Andrews (alt/ten/clt); Alan Hastings (alt/ten/clt); Jim McBriarty (clt/alt/bar/vcl); Tom Cook (cor); Caroline Irwin (cor/vcl); Ed Cross (vln); Neville Hartley (tmb); Keith Nichols (pno/vcl); Keith Stephen (gtr/bjo); Phil Rutherford (sousa); Steve Doyle (dms).
This gig took me back to childhood days.  I remembered watching television programmes such as The Roaring Twenties or The Temperance Seven with my parents.  The  orchestra created a fun atmosphere,  what with sousaphone,  violin,  banjo and  piano (besides the  usual brass and reed instruments and drums), and the lovely singing of Caroline Irwin who was clad appropriately in a black dress with silver trim and  headband with a flower, matching the smart black and white suits of the rest of the band.  Almost every seat in  the hall was  taken, which  was a  credit to the band.
We had a feast of Scott Joplin, Cole Porter, Blues of the happier variety, lots of Duke Ellington and many more.  Songs ranged from the more serious I’m Through With Love to delightfully silly songs such as My Sweet Tooth Says I Wanna But My Wisdom Tooth Says No; and Washing Dishes With My Sweetie.  Jim McBriarty lent his vocal chords to the latter number and there were two special feature spots from guest pianist Keith Nichols, when Keith and the drummer had the stage to themselves, and the rest of the band went for a brandy, so the sax playing master of ceremonies, Steve Andrews told us.  Keith treated us to tunes from 1929, for instance Old Man Sunshine and I’ll Get By.  For his second set he played Duke Ellington numbers; Solitude; Sophisticated Lady; and a tune which has no name, from the Creole Suite.  To say that this man plays well is an understatement, and the playing was tastefully complemented by the gently brushed drums of Steve Doyle.  
During ensemble playing there were many skilled solos from various other band members.  Steve Andrews was featured on tenor with just piano and drums for support on I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan. Throughout the evening the master of ceremonies held it all together well, right through to the encore Prince of Wails.
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday evening.
Ann Alex   


Steve Doyle (on Facebook). said...

Thanks for the kind words again Lance, just practicing my gentle brush work now.....sweeping the floor!!

Lance said...

Not my words Steve!

Steve Doyle (on Facebook). said...


Lance said...

I do go along with them though.

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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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