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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Memories of Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon. Part Two - The Tally Ho, Kentish Town.

It was during this period (1963) that I got married and spent my honeymoon in London.
The Tally Ho in Kentish Town was the Sunday lunch jam at the time and crowds overflowed into the streets outside. The bonnets and roofs of parked cars provided substitutes for tables and you could still hear the music.The finale, Jumping at the Woodside had more 'One more time' codas than April in Paris ever did! I've never witnessed a jam like this - ever! I wanted to ring my buddies back at The Bluebell, let them have a piece of the action, but this was back in the days of kiosks, press button A and other stone-age methods of communication so I had to press button B to get my money back
. And, if you don't believe me when I say how exciting it was, there's a vinyl LP of it around if you can find it - I still play it. Pete Shade on flute, Ziggy Ludvigsen (tenor); Alan Littlejohn, Gerry Salisbury (trumpets); Dave Castle (alto) just some of the names led by Vic Richards on drums. Sixteen men swinging (sometimes more) and not a chart in sight! The landlady, Lillian Delaney, also sang. Reminiscent of JATP without the histrionics, that Tally Ho session was probably the best I'd ever heard. Although if Newcastle's Jazz Café had more floor space for the jammers it could maybe run it close...
I returned to the Tally Ho a few years later. The jam had gone but Roger Nobes was leading a tidy Goodman style sextet. This was the afternoon when I learned of the murder of Lord Mountbatten by the IRA. Paradoxically, the next time I called in it had become an Irish pub... (To be continued)...
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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