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Bebop Spoken There

Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Customs House Big Band Open Rehearsal New Crown South Shields Nov. 6

Peter Morgan musical director and patter.
Jill Brett, Elaine Willis Alan Marshall, Amber Reeve, Chris Kaberry saxophones.
Toby Donnelly, Michael Lamb, Annette Butters, Gordon Marshall trumpets.
Gareth Weaver, Chris Kurji Smith, Michael Fletcher, Peter Morgan trombones.
Bill Brittain keyboard, Alan Smith bass guitar, Paul Wight drums.
Ruth Lambert vocals.
(Review by Miles).
Walking through the door on a cold night we were greeted by the sound of Christmas carols played by a big band. Thankfully, they were arranged by Stan Kenton with harmonies that Hymns Ancient & Modern never dreamed of, the screaming trumpets at the end of an un-Silent Night was alone worth the journey.
The rehearsal set continued with an Oscar Pettiford number, Tricotism the band working well on what was originally a feature for double bass. The set ended with The Way You Look Tonight.
The concert set started with Basie's Straight Ahead, the original chart, not the easier version that's normally played, then Ruth sang Cole Porter's I'm Always True To You In My Fashion from Kiss Me Kate. The band did a Sentimental Journey, at a tempo that would have made Doris Day have kittens, Ruth followed with Night and Day (not Doris). A little known piece by Lennie Niehaus called Fantasy For Saxophones featured some lovely section work led by Jill Brett on lead alto and Ruth's final number was Cheek To Cheek. The band played out with the Basie version of April In Paris complete with the Thad Jones' solo and the one more time coda.
This band maintains its high standard even with the odd personnel changes and deps coming in, I cannot praise Ruth too highly, everything that Lance has said in the past still stands.
Finally big band lovers should make the effort to see this band it is well worth it.
Miles.

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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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Lance