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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Taking the Loop

(By Russell/A.K.A Cody Jarrett)

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Terminal 5, O'Hare International, a city in itself. There's an information desk, let's ask that guy. I'd been practising/perfecting my Chicagoan drawl for weeks, now was the time to put it to good use. Ex...coose, me, man I said. Which way to Terminaaal 2? The guy looked bemused. Where you from? he said. Damn, he didn't undertand a word I'd said! Er...England, I said, somewhat deflated. Oh, ya? said our real Chicagoan.

Furnished with directions we headed for the shuttle bus. You goin' to Terminal 2? I said in my best Anerican accent. Sure, get on, said the driver. Several miles later we alighted at Terminal 2. If this is O'Hare how big is Chicago?! We were headed for the 'Loop' to take us into Downtown Chicago. At the ticket barrier it was best to ask for directions. Ex...coose me, how do we get to Clark and Lake I said. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) employee said: You from Australia? Moving on...

$5 and forty minutes later we were in Downtown Chicago. Everything you've seen in Warner Bros' gangster movies was there - the skycrapers, the overhead Loop railway lines, diners, dives, broads 'n' hustlers. We got off at La Salle and headed three blocks east to our hotel. We kept on walking...we were lost! Perfect! We stopped two cops...Ex...coose me. Could you tell me the way to South Michigan Avenue? If anyone should know it had to be the Chicago Police Dept.. Ya, three blocks thataway then turn on to Washington Avenue. We were gettin' there. Three blocks later we were lost...again. An apartment building janitor was closing up for the night. Ex...coose me, could you tell me if we're near Washington Avenue. This time we got it, it was just round the corner. 

The Congress Plaza Hotel, built in the 1890s, is one of Chicago's most historic sites. Fifteen or more US Presidents have given speeches in its imposing two thousand seater ballroom. Of much greater interest to your BSH correspondent was the prospect of tracking down Bogie, Jimmy Cagney and George Raft. Those dirty rats had it comin' to 'em. I'd waited a long time to settle a score with the low down, dirty bums. Stepping out of the elevator on the eighth floor a figure in the shadows scuttled down the back staircase. Yeah, scuttled like a dirty rat. I gave chase but they were gone, down a fire escape into the night. It could have been Bogie, maybe Cagney, I guess I'll never know. It was time for some shut eye. 
Russell

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Congress plaza is one of the most haunted buildings in the world allegedly!

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