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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.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

The Jazz Ambassadors (and others) One More Time, Once More

In regulation BBC-speak there’s ‘another chance to hear’ (a repeat, but welcome repeat) of Guy Barker’s ten part survey Jazz Junctions. Thursday’s first programme on Radio 2, 10:00pm, began with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (catch up on iPlayer). The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (BBC 6 Music, today, Saturday, 6:00pm) features a Brian Auger session. The Hammond man recently played Sage Gateshead.  
Back in the day the US State Department deployed a secret weapon in the Middle East. A regiment of some of our greatest jazz musicians visited Syria and other areas of ‘strategic interest’. Dizzy, Louis, Brubeck and other jazz diplomats did what they were best known for and played jazz, jazz, jazz (better than war, war, war). In another repeat, Julian Joseph guides us through their story with Charlie Persip’s contribution a particularly illuminating listen (Radio 4, Tuesday at 4:00pm). That Reminds Me (BBC Radio 4 Extra, Tuesday, six o’clock) rewinds to 2001 to hear George Melly’s thoughts on jazz, art, angling and more.
In the early hours of Wednesday and Thursday (1:00am) on BBC 6 Music catch episodes 14 and 15 of the 52 part series The Story of Pop. The two programmes focus on the blues, first the African-American originators, then the British enthusiasts.     
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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