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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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

News from Hummersknott

(Review by Tony Russell – no, not the Tony Russell!)
Hummersknott Academy, located in a leafy Darlington suburb, hosted Darlington Jazz Club’s big band night featuring the superb Durham Alumni Big Band and the Durham County Youth Big Band. Tony Eales, Bebop Spoken Here’s big band correspondent, as ever, took a front row seat in the Hummersnott rehearsal base and reports a big turn-out for the occasion.
Yesterday’s early Sunday evening concert presented the alumni on the floor, rather than the available stage behind them. Trumpeters Jonny Dunn and Ian Robinson knocked-out cracking solos (Robinson on Black Orpheus) and Alex Baker, the band’s star tenor man, played with his accustomed authority, exemplified by a fine solo on Lady Day.
The stars of tomorrow – the Durham County Youth Big Band – played an opening set of their own. Parents, siblings, friends, all applauded every solo, every tune. Our man Eales predicts a big future for Tom McDonald (trombone). At the end of the evening the senior band joined forces with their younger counterparts for a larger than large finale. On July 12th at the Quakerhouse pub in Darlington town centre the jazz club’s guest is none other than Alex Baker. Tenor, piano, bass and drums – small group jazz at its best. Doors open at half past five, first set at six o’clock. Thoroughly recommended.  
Tony /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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