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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Dexter Gordon @ University Theatre - Info sought.

I wondered if you or the good folks who read your website might be able to help with a query regarding Dexter Gordon's appearance at the University Theatre, Newcastle. 
The gig took place during a jazz festival I think sometime in the late 70s. 
I'm trying to find out who was in the band with him. I recall George Cables on piano but after that, I'm afraid it all goes a bit vague. I'm pretty sure I had my eyes closed all night! 
I was prompted to think about this after I was reunited with a copy of his album, Homecoming. I blogged about it here...
Is there some way of asking readers of your Bebop Spoken Here site to see if someone can recall who else was playing with Cables and Gordon that night in the UT?
Sid Smith

4 comments :

Lance said...

Well Sid, I too was at that concert along with friends and fellow musicians Charlie Carmichael and Marshall Walker - both now playing in Dexter's band up there. It was an unusual gig inasmuch as Dex seemed to be pretty spaced out (mind you, so were we!) What I remember most is that, after each number, he would hold the tenor in front of him horizontally. I recall the concert started late although I don't remember the behind closed doors bit. He played brilliantly despite, or because of, whatever he was on! I can't recall the other members of the band. Dexter and Wardell Gray are two of my all-time favourite tenor players and, hopefully, someone else may be able to fill in the personnel details.

Bill Montgomery said...

A Jazz Journal review from April 1978 of a gig at Ronnie's gives the line-up as Cables on piano, Rufus Reed, double bass and Eddie Gladden on drums. Probably the same tour.

Londonjazznews(onTwitter) said...

Have you made contact with dextergordon.org/archive/

Ashington Jazz Club said...

I seem to think this gig was part of the yearly jazz festival organised by Andy Hudson. Yes Dexter and I were very pi__ed. It took an hour or two to get him on stage.The only "modern" gig I can remember about the time was Dave Brubeck at the City Hall. We sat behind the drummer Joe Morrelo on the stage

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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.
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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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