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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Three Free Gigs Last Night

(Reviews by John T).
Set off at teatime yesterday [Friday, Sept. 23] to do some shopping in ‘The Toon’.
By 6pm I was in need of refreshment which I found in the form of an excellent pint of Wylam Ale in the Redwood Bar of the Vermont Hotel where vocalist Andrea Pattison, her husband Richard Rutherford, on bass and Graham Don on piano kept me relaxed and entertained for a while
My needs, albeit temporarily, fulfilled I then made my way to the Prohibition Bar in Gateshead, whistling the theme from Get Carter as I walked over the High Level Bridge! 
An audience of around 40 were in good fettle at the neighbourhood speakeasy for BUDTET who started on time. Not seen them before.  I seem to remember a previous line up coming to Ashington Jazz Club but I was on holiday and did not get to hear them.  
Current line-up is: Jim Crinson - Double Bass. Eric Stutt – Drums. Lin Lee Wong – Piano. Jude Murphy - Alto Sax, Flute, Vocals. Fiona Finden - Soprano Sax, Vocals. Stuart Finden Tenor SaxSpecial Guest for the last few numbers – Dave Weisser on electric trumpet.
The Message, Moanin’, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Corcovado,  took us up to the break after which the band came roaring back with: This I Dig of You, Four on Six, Raindrops,  Juice (Ellington), Days of Wine and Roses, Yardbird Suite and Take the A Train.
I really rate this outfit – very professional. The 3 Saxes were perfect together and special mention must be made about Jude Murphy’s flute work. She employed a technic where she appeared to sing and play the flute at the same time. Heard this on records but never live
Made my way back for the last bus to Ashington via a very crowded  Hoochie Coochie to what wasn’t a disco but, actually,  was a seven-piece band (Federation of Disco Pimp – last heard here in June with Pee Wee Ellis). Look out for BUDTET at this venue soon.
John T.

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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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