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Bebop Spoken There

June Christy: "We used to say that if Stan [Kenton] had wanted to become President, nobody else would have stood a chance. ''- (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).


Eddie Condon: "Every Kenton record sounds to me as though Stan signed up 300 men for the date and they were all on time." - (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).



Today Friday October 28

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Emma Fisk/James Birkett Duo - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., /Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea – Ushaw College, Nr. Durham DH7 9RH. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
Ruth Lambert/Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 18, 2013


There was me all geared up for tonight's Customs House concert - Kinda Bixish - with Digby Fairweather stepping into the role of the iconic but ultimately tragic cornet player from Davenport, Iowa.
Yes I was looking forward to an evening of Bix. And then the snows came. The warmth of the radiator on the wall and the uncertainty of the buses, meant no Bix for me tonight.
Tomorrow Digby 'does' Ruby Braff at Gosforth but will the weather have improved? Likewise, let's hope conditions are better for Sunday's two girly gigs - Debra at the Bridge and Carly at Hoochie.
Hopefully, at least by Monday, things will have taken a turn for the better and I will make the Paul Edis Jazz Piano Tribute at the Cherry Tree.
Elsewhere, this gig has been listed as being £10 admission giving you 2 courses and the Edis Trio. This was the deal when the venue first started promoting jazz 3/4 years ago but now the deal is 2 courses for £15.

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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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