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Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Sunday October 23

Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Giles Strong (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
More Jam – The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free. All welcome to blow.
Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet - Blaydon Jazz Club, Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £7. *****
Baghdaddies - Trimdon Colliery & Deaf Hill WMC Club, TrimdonTS29 6AJ. 7:30pm. £3.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

From Paul Bream's Jazz Alert

Over the past few years I've generally begun the end-of-year ‘Alert’ with a despairing look at the political and financial state of the world, turning to jazz as the consolation that might, from time to time, bring some light to the gloom and make the wish for ‘A Happy New Year’ not entirely futile.
The picture’s no better this year, but concern at the wider canvas has been overtaken today by the sad news of the death of Keith Crombie, owner, proprietor, and chucker-out in chief at Newcastle’s Jazz Café. (I have personal experience of this, having once been refused entry on the whimsical grounds that I looked too old, which seemed pretty ironic coming from a man who had the appearance of Methuselah.) 

That unpredictability of mood was an essential component of Keith’s character, part of the package, and most of the tributes that have already appeared on various blogs make some reference to him as “gruff” and “abrupt”. It’s true that he could be extremely spiky, especially in his relationships with other jazz promoters, whom he appeared to regard as part of a malign establishment conspiracy. But as recently as a month ago he was talking about the possibility of collaborating with Jazz North East, recognising that in these straitened times we all of us in the jazz community need to support each other.
And that’s the real key to what Keith believed in – a profound love of jazz, and the importance of keeping alive a scene that would give musicians the opportunity to play and develop, and audiences the opportunity to hear them on a regular basis. Sustaining the Jazz Café for twenty years was a massive achievement, and we all owe Keith a debt of gratitude for his insurmountable, if sometimes cussed, determination. And the best way we can repay that debt is by continuing his work, possibly at the Jazz Café itself (and it would be good if a way can be found to keep it going), and certainly through re-committing ourselves to supporting the music in every way that we can, whether as promoters, musicians, or audience members.
So let’s all make it a New Year’s resolution to support live jazz in all its many forms, by getting along to gigs wherever they happen, and ensuring the continuing health of the wonderful music that has inspired Keith Crombie and so many others.
A Happy New Year to you all.   
Paul Bream.

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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.)
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