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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 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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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Vieux Carré Jazzmen w. Colin Aitchison @ The Millstone.

Colin Aitchison (tpt/vcl); Paul Gowland (ten); Lawrence McBriarty (tmb); Brian Bennett (bjo); Dave Percy (bs gtr); Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
(Review by Lance).
The Millstone had been closed for refurbishment, Not being an out and out regular, I had to admit the refurbishments didn't exactly catch my eye although a lady, who did catch my eye, commented on the improvements in the Ladies Loo. I took her word for it.
There were a couple of TV screens that may or may not have been there last time and a Scottish guy seemed to be banging balls around to some effect.
On the Jazz Centre Court the players too were having a ball - the top 5 seeds and the wild card from Kowloon were serving up aces with ne'er a double fault between them - so many musical tie breaks I lost count and, instead, sat back and enjoyed the music,
On trumpet this (and next Thursday) was Our Man in Hong Kong - Colin Aitchison - on parole for a couple of weeks from Ned Kelly's and blowing up an Armstrong like storm on trumpet and vox humana. 
The rest of the band blew their socks off and nobody complained of sweaty feet!
Colin returns next Thursday (July 9) with, he tells me, 24 Kowloonies in tow! 
Lance.

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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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