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

Postage

16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

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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