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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

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

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.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

CD Review: The Big Shake-up.

Jon Stokes (tmb); Jean-Paul Gervasoni, Paul Munday, Gavin Broom;(tpt/flug); Sam Bullard (alt/ten); Gemma Moore (bar/fl); Mike Poyser (sousa); Jimmy Norden (dms/perc); Sharleen Linton (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
You start feeling old when you see Dave O'Higgins  (composer of the title track) referred to in the notes as a British Jazz Legend! To me, a British Jazz Legend is Nat Gonella, Tubby Hayes, Humph,     Ronnie etc. However, as O'Higgins is now 52 he may well be approaching that accolade although I still think of him as one of the rising stars! I mean, in jazz you've got to be either dead or pretty close to it to become a legend!

The Big Shake-Up, formerly known as Bad Ass Brass, are indeed brass heavy but not, despite the title track, a Dirty Dozen marching street band. If they do any marching it will be on slightly up-market avenues. This is not to, in any way, denigrate the music which is superb. Arranged by Callum Au, who is fast becoming a force in British jazz since I first heard his big band at the Spice of Life a few years back, Callum sets his stall out well. Check it out at the Elgar Room in the pomp and circumstance of the Royal Albert Hall (London) on November 20 as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival,
Other than Linton's vocal on God Bless the Child and O'Higgins' piece, the others are by Russell Bennett. Worth a spin.
Lance.

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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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