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Bebop Spoken There

Gregg Field: "If I play an aggressive fill, he [Sinatra] might look back with a huge grin on his face. But if we don't do something right, we get the ray, and his ray makes Benny Goodman's ray look like Mother Theresa's ''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Sonny Simmons: "I always had a big sound ever since I started. Playing on the street kept my ideas and my sound alive. Some people dug it, and some people didn't" - (Down Beat June 1995).

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Today Tuesday September 27

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Henrik Jensen’s Followed by Thirteen w. Andre Canniere (tpt) - Jazz Café. 8:15pm £10.00./£8.00. Bassist Jensen touring his new CD Blackwater. JNE Schmazz gig.
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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ Hexham Jazz Club, Exchange Café, Queens Hall, Feb, 28, 2013.

Debra delivered two great sets with her ensemble of Dave Parker (double bass), Rob Bates (drums), and the amazing Steve Glendinning (guitar). The programme was full of variety and delighted the appreciative and attentive audience. 
There were the be-bop tonal tongue-twisters that Debra sings beautifully and apparently effortlessly (Jordu was cracking). There were uplifting numbers that steamed along - full of joy – like No More Blues. There were the groove based delights of Temptation and Equinox, and then there were the real gems: the Steve Glendinning and Debra Milne originals. Show me the Man is a tender masterpiece of guitar and voice; Don’t Come 'Round Here Anymore and Stay can go straight into the Milne/Glendinning Real Book whenever that comes out. They ended with a warm and engaging musical tribute to the Jazz Café, celebrating the late Keith Crombie and the Toon’s brotherhood of jazz.
Hazel Hanley.

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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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