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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Your Middlesbrough Jazz 'n' Blues Dansette

(Report by Russell)

Middlesbrough's recently restored Town Hall now has an added attraction. A vintage 50s Dansette record player has been installed in the venue's Carriageway cafe and customers are encouraged to take along an old (treasured?!) record to play as you, and others, sit with a coffee. Better still, if you have a recording of a favourite musician who performed at the Town Hall what better way to rekindle memories of the occasion?


BSH readers could, perhaps, rifle through their jazz and blues record collections then take along a disc (33, 45 or 78rpm) to entertain all and sundry. Just imagine the looks you'll get as you crank up the Dansette then drop the needle on your irreplaceable copy of, say, Stan Kenton or Sister Rosetta Tharpe! The floor will be yours as you regale/bore your audience with memories of the time you heard some of the jazz 'n' blues greats for real on Albert Road. 

During the summer the Dansette will be 'on tour' calling at other Middlesbrough locations. If do you visit the Town Hall (with a copy of Chris Barber's New Orleans Joys under your arm) it'll be best to call before you set off to ensure the vintage record player is in situ. Tel: 01642 729729.
Russell             

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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.
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