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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Woodford: "I noticed when I went to hear some jazz in a little pub on the outskirts of London the people were really listening. I'm used to guys in bars only interested in making out with their girl friends. Here the idea seems to be to take a girl, enjoy the music, and make out later." - (Crescendo September 1972).
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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, July 02, 2015

CD Review: Better Than TV - Late

David Burgoyne (pno); Ed Blake (dms); Gavin Spence (tpt/flug); Sergio Contrino (bs); Tom Green (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
I'll hold my hand up high and confess that I'd never heard of Better Than TV until this disc slid through the letterbox of my modest 3 up 2 down -. probably because I haven't been in Cambridge recently. On the strength of this, their debut CD, maybe Cambridge would be a good place to hang out. I like the band name even though it could be equally applied to the Maria Schneider Orchestra or those two Romanian guys who busk around Newcastle.
Tom Green is a name well known to me on the strength of a Jazz Café gig with his septet earlier this year and an equally impressive album, Skyline, released around about the same time. Needless to say, his trombone is equally outstanding here - filling out the ensembles and hitting the front with gutsy solos.
Spence is no mug either, lyrical and fluent, the perfect foil for Green. Burgoyne, Blake and Contrino may not be Coronation St. material but they deserve casting in Frith St. Contrino claims responsibility for all compositions and he can feel justly proud. 
Modern jazz as we knew it, clothed in the jazz of today and, in a perfect world, the jazz of tomorrow!
A good start to the month!
Lance

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