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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
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Lance

Today Wednesday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Brief Encounter - Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 2:00pm. £7.50. advance. ‘’60’s Jazz’

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Harry Still (drums) 9:30am., Jimmy Jefford (saxophone) 11:15am. Free.

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Evening

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).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Sports & Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Swing Street - Pier Red, 27 Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Improvisers' Workshop Ensemble - Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE2 4PT. 6-8pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Jamie Toms and Not Now Charlie

I put the group together back in 2013 to try out some compositions I had been working on and after some good feedback from the players we agreed to try and take it further.  We then got the opportunity to debut the project at the 2014 GIJF which was well received by a large concourse audience and thus Not Now Charlie was born.  Although we had all played together in various other groups we had never worked much in this small band line up before and so, after GIJF, we took some time to try and get a group sound going, write new material and to familiarise our new drummer Dave McKeague with the set.
The first outing of the new line up was at Cluny 2 in Jan 2015 supporting Slowlight Quartet.  We got lots of positive feedback from this gig wrote more tunes so that we could present a set of entirely original music on our next outing.  It has taken a while but it’s finally here - Feb 12 @ The Jazz Cafe.
The band are all graduates of the Jazz Degree but have a wide range of musical influences.  With a love for jazz, rock, pop, neo soul and R&B it was inevitable that Not Now Charlie’s music would reflect many of these elements.  Melody and groove are at the heart of our playing and they aim to have even the non-jazz lover hooked.  Taking our influence from the likes of Christian Scott, Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman yet still managing to create their own individual sound.
Some demos are available on our website (notnowcharlie.com).
Support is from the new line up of Saxophonics (now featuring Alan Marshall), but I assume I don’t need to tell you much about those guys! 
Jamie

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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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