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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, February 01, 2013

January Jazz Jam @ Hoochie Coochie. January 31.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms) plus guests..
A rousing first set that included Whisper Not, Joyspring and Blue Rondo a la Turk as well as pieces by Jim Hall, Bill Evans and Bob Mintzer. All four guys were firing on all cylinders with Pete outstanding on Joyspring
Interval time and the second set looked even more promising. Don Forbes, Paul Gowland were present with instrument cases, Eric Stutt had his sticks, Debra her vocal chords...
Trombonist Joe Fowler, an alto player, a drummer and a bass player whose names I didn't catch joined Pete and Mark. Unfortunately, after three numbers from Gabby (pictured in photo by Kaveh Emami) - Loverman, Lullaby of Birdland and 'Roind Midnight with solos all round - time began to run out. A blues mama sang Stormy Monday and Lindsay Hannon chipped in with I Thought About You and This Can't Be Love by which time the instrumentalists had left and what had the potential to be a great night was downgraded to just a very good night.
Photos by Kaveh Emami.

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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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