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Bebop Spoken There

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Friday, November 05, 2021

Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - Nov. 5

Olive Rudd (vocals); Alan Marshall (alto/soprano saxes); Tommy Moran (tenor sax); Neville Hartley (trombone/vocals); Jeremy McMurray (keys); Alan Rudd (bass); Tommy Graham (drums).

This was my lucky day! No, I didn't win the raffle but, the Metro didn't break down at Monkseaton as it usually does when I'm heading for the coast and Olive did sing - beautifully - You're a Lucky Guy so, two out of three isn't bad!

I've often wondered about the lyrics to that song and, as Olive sang the line that goes "You're just beginning to have your innings..." it dawned on me that this isn't a conventional love song but a parent singing to a new-born child! Correct me if I'm wrong.

Prior to this the band, apart from looking immaculate - no jeans or trainers - in black trousers and white shirts with a Classic Swing logo, opened up with their theme song, Tommy Moran's Classic Swing. The three horns got a great sound with a sympathetic rhythm section booting them along.

Tommy, incidentally was blowing a Hanson Monarch tenor sax that was actually made in Huddersfield. Great to know that instruments are still being made in the UK - check them out.

It was a good session Tommy blowing the aforementioned tenor, Alan Marshall dazzling on  both alto and soprano with Neville, not only blowing trombone but also obliging with a couple of vocals - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter and Everywhere You Go.

Jeremy chipped in with a pulsating Latin original - Samba For Tommy [Moran] and Tommy, himself composed Minor Mood.

In the engine room, Alan Rudd and Tommy Graham kept things turning over and Olive, as ever, had a choice selection of songs: Blue Skies; All of Me; You're a Lucky Guy; Bye Bye Blackbird; Singin' the Blues; Out of Nowhere and The Best Things in Life Are Free and maybe they are if this session is anything to go by!

Instrumentals included: All the Things You Are and On Green Dolphin St
Lance

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