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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 Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Sage Gateshead Music Students 10 England Rugby Boys 0

BMus and BA students congregated on the concourse at Sage Gateshead for a game of rugger. Not really, they were there to play a short set in public. Some were new intake students, one or two were familiar faces, ‘veterans’ of Tyneside’s jam session scene.
Tutor Paul Edis assembled eight student musicians to play for thirty minutes. The day’s theme – South Africa v Scotland. The sporty business would soon kick-off at St James’ Park, this Sage affair was the warm up. Abdullah Ibrahim represented the Springboks; Kalahari and Soweto two expansive tunes edited for the occasion. The ensemble; piano, bass, drums and percussion, two guitarists, an alto player and a vocalist. Dr Edis played alto and piano. Flower of Scotland minus the bagpipes (although a six-stringer made an effort to replicate the dirge) unexpectedly scored (a runaway try) with a new vocalist to the scene (certainly new to BSH).
A student pianist/lyricist/vocalist impressed, the rhythm boys got it together, a half hour run out, all will benefit – welcome to Sage Gateshead, welcome to Tyneside!
Note to Dr Edis: prescribe attendance at the Jazz Café’s twice monthly jam sessions (the first and third Tuesdays in the month) and the Jazz Coop’s Sunday afternoon jams at The Globe (second and fourth Sundays at 3pm). The student vocalist (and others) should be heard again!
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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