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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowmen from Prague visit the Bell & Bucket. December 16

Bell & Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band:
Paul Bacon (drums), Dick Straughan (piano), Mac Rae (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone) & Doris Fenn (banjo) + Marilyn Hunter (vocals), Eddie Casey (vocals) & Ray (percussion)
(Review by Russell).
A linen table cloth, paper party hats, tinsel. Yes, it’s Christmas pub grub time! A three courses meal – posh, eh? The Bell and Bucket on Norfolk Street in North Shields was busy. If it can’t do good business at this time of year it never will.
Paul Bacon’s Bell and Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band assumed their usual seats (the band is a New Orleans all-seated affair) and mixed it up; Tishomingo Blues the pick of the first few tunes. Guest vocalist Marilyn Hunter (tucking into turkey and trimmings) sang C’est Magnifique, the band pined for My Old Kentucky Home and Eddie Casey, saloon bar style, assured us I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby.
Bandleader Bacon introduced some serious N’Awlins tunes – Red Wing (good trombone from Lawrence McBriarty, good clarinet and drums) and Mac Rae’s clarinet and vocals on Paul Barbarin’s Second Line set the standard. In an aside, Bacon mentioned he had been doing some research into the music (a life-long project, no doubt) and had read of recent speculation that Barbarin could have a good claim to ownership of Mood Indigo.
Second set, more mixed fayre; It Had to Be You and Margie. Gigs are ten-a-penny. Then, just occasionally, something wonderful happens…Mac Rae sang Alcoholic Blues (comp. M. Rae). ‘…So long whisky, so long gin.’ What a tune! Witherspoon would have covered it! Mr Rae had a confession to make…he stole the tune from Kenny Baker when they were in Gran Canaria together. Now, there’s a story!
Next week (Tuesday 23) is party time proper, more hats and silliness promised. Oh, yes. The snowmen from Prague…a visitor from the Czech Republic offered two ginger bread men (made in Prague) as a raffle prize. Your BSH correspondent snaffled them.                    
Russell

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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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