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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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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 28, 2017

CD Review: The Greg Hatza ORGANisation - Diggin' Up my Roots.

Greg Hatza (Nord C2D/vocals); Robert Shaid (drums); Brian Kooken (guitar); Peter Fraize (tenor).
(Review by Lance).
R & R; R & B and, natch, a lot of jazz in the mix. Covers. I've no problem with that. If they weren't any good they wouldn't get covered and Hatza stamps enough of himself on them to avoid being accused of plagiarism. There's also some of his own compositions that stand up well. This is 50's/60's juke joint music. The organ/sax/guitar/drums combo conjuring up images of spare ribs, bottles of Bud, shots of bourbon or rye, slinky chicks and cool dudes. Maybe there'll be a knifing or some guy will get a bullet just below his fedora. The band will keep playing. The cops show and you can bet your life that nobody saw nothin'.

And how could they? Music like this doesn't allow for distractions. The organ hits a groove the likes of which we associate with McGriff; McDuff; Smith et al - not forgetting Gerry Richardson, Mike Carr and Russ Stanley on this side of the pond. Fraize wails like as though he was walkin' the bar in N'orlins and Kooken, he lays it down like the good bluesman that he is. Hatza chants a few and Shaid drives it along real easy.
High Heel Sneakers; I Got a Woman; Back at the Chicken Shack; Night Train; Please Send me Someone to Love; Hand Jive; Something You've Got; Stagger Lee plus Hatza originals - Baltimore Strut; Big Big Back and Headin' on Down South tell you where this is at and I'll also tell you that if you ever come round to my place with chitlins, red beans and beer this will be on the player and we'll have a ball!
Now available on Flip Records.
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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