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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

A Tea Pad, a Copper Bottom and Ms Lauren Bacall

(Radio Reporting  with Russell)
The Beeb’s radio output in the first week of the new year looks promising. Saturday (Jan 3) has a reassuring sense of normality about it; Jazz Record Requests is in its usual place (Radio 3, 5:00pm), with Jazz Line-Up being mucked about again in the schedules (opera ‘Live from the Met’ taking precedence) – tune in at 8:30pm (more from Joshua Redman) and Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz at midnight takes a further look at the Basie band. Meanwhile, Clive Anderson’s guests on Loose Ends (Radio 4, 6:15pm) will be entertained by one of Heaton’s finest – Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra.
Sunday’s evening schedule on BBC Radio 4 Extra includes Wallsend lad Gordon Sumner  discussing creativity with Guy Raz in an edition of TED Radio Hour (7:00pm), originally broadcast on America’s National Public Radio. Later (9:00pm) Lauren Bacall is castaway on Desert Island Discs Revisited (in conversation with Roy Plomley in 1984). Monday is a day to get the blues; Paul Jones (the Peter Pan of the music) plays blues and r ‘n’ b, old and new (Radio 2, 7:00pm), then at ten o’clock the first of six programmes first broadcast in 2013 – Hugh Lawrie’s Blues Changes – looks at Jarrow lad Alan Price’s Changes. The late night survey of contemporary jazz – Jazz  on 3 – can be found over on Radio 3 at the  usual time (11:00pm).
Jamie Cullum (Tuesday, Radio 2, 7:00pm) continues to spread the J word and at 10:00pm piano player and broadcaster Jools Holland fronts the first of two programmes devoted to Chris Barber (originally broadcast in 2011 and again in 2013). Finally, on Thursday Jan 8 (Radio 2), Leo Green talks to Van Morrison in the first of four programmes. Van the Man will be 70 in August!    

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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.
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