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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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tonight @ The Gala Theatre Durham

The Ronnie Scott’s Story
Featuring the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet
UK TOUR
12th May - Durham, Gala Theatre
22nd May - Chelmsford, The Civic Theatre
24th June - Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre
6th – 10th July - Henley-on-Thames Henley Festival
17, 24 & 31 July - York, Great Yorkshire Fringe
29th July - Kings Lynn Festival, Norfolk
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s Soho.    An ardent jazz fan, he and fellow saxophonist Peter King had dreamt of opening a club modelled on the swinging jazz clubs and buzzing scene of New York’s 52nd Street.  From its humble beginnings fifty six years ago, Ronnie Scott’s would become one of the most famous jazz joints in the world. 
The Ronnie Scott’s Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club’s extraordinary history.  Combining live jazz, narration and rare archive video footage, it charts the club's rise from a basement bar, through its trials & tribulations and landmark  performances from jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.
We hear about the desperate hand-to-mouth finances of the early years, the frequent Soho police raids, gangsters and their scrapes with the Krays and the mystery bottle of Champagne.   Life at Ronnie’s is evocatively reimagined through tales of the club’s past visitors, from pop stars, film stars and politicians to comedians and royalty, but above all, Ronnie’s jokes and the musicians.
Having fought to lift a ban on visiting American musicians, Ronnie Scott’s would play host to some of the finest musical talent of the 20th century including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Ella Fitzgerald and many, many more.  Co-hosted by saxman Alex Garnet and Ronnie Scott’s Musical Director, pianist James Pearson, The Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet perform music by many of the great acts that have graced the clubs stage, exemplifying the classic post-bop sound of the great era of jazz.
Featuring, James Pearson Piano, Sam Burgess Bass, Alex Garnett Sax, Freddie Gavita Trumpet and Chris Higginbottom Drums.

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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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