Bebop Spoken There
Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).
Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)
Today Monday February 27
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
(Review by Lance).
Monday, February 24, 2014
Had a very interesting couple of Nights with Sarah Hayes (right) who is the vocalist with the current Artie Shaw Orchestra and trombonist Dave Ashley (pictured on the right of the photo with myself) who was with the [Glenn] Miller Orchestra under Larry O'Brien, it 's good to know that these Ghost Bands are still on the road, the Miller Orchestra is flat out 11 months of the year, and the Shaw band not far behind, Sarah also did a month with the Ellington ghost band in Russia. These are the things that radio and the media in general do not give you these days, more interested in rap etc, but a couple of great nights at Ned’s [Ned Kelly’s, Kowloon, Hong Kong], and what an entertainer she is. One of Dave Ashley's favourite trombone players is Abe Lincoln, how’s about that for a youngish musician!
Hong Kong Pics.
When they were good they were very good. When they were bad they were awesome!
I realise I need to qualify that statement. Let Spin are a very good band with lots of well crafted originals and exciting solos. However, when they move towards the "bad" area - ie Improv - an area where I'm told I usually view the instruments as weapons of darkness, to paraphrase a recent comment, the excitement generated transcends boundaries and genres. This was no incendiary device detonated in a pet shop but an emotional explosion. Sure there was freedom, but not to the extent that musical values were cast aside for sheer effect.
Four players at the top of their game sent the fans in the crowded room home very happy after a highly successful JNE/Splinter promotion.
I recently reviewed their début album so, rather than repeat myself, as all but one of the compositions are on the CD, I'll simply ask you to check it out again. What I wrote stands, indeed hearing them live probably more so!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
(Review by Lance)
(Review by Lance)
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
PS: Thank you Hil for informing me.
PPS: Photo from Evening Chronicle archives.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Pink Lane Jazz Co-operative
PPS: Thanks to Tim for corrections.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
May Heather now be allowed to Rest In Peace
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 09, 2014
(Review by Lance).
(Review by Lance).
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Friday, February 07, 2014
5 years since I took over running Jazz at The Elephant (after the Queens failed as a venue)
4 years since we introduced trios with female singers to Ashington
3 years since the Pimptones blasted out at the Elephant
2 years since Lickety Split brought us up to date in a big band way
1 year ago since we went back to New Orleans with Gavin Lee
Last Wednesday Bebop was spoken here at Ashington and we were brought up to date with Alter Ego and our traddies loved it!!!!
The most northerly jazz club in England - offering the most diverse range of jazz styles of any jazz club around
Note: We also now celebrate 30 years of Ashington Jazz Club (Also Blaydon Jazz Club which started about the same time)
Next Month we are back to New Orleans with Brian Carrick on Geo. Lewis’ Metal Clarinet and some real JASS ( as Jazz was known in those days).
Thursday, February 06, 2014
(Review by Lance)
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Monday, February 03, 2014
Ant Law (guitar), Michael Chillingworth (alto saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet), Tom Farmer (double bass) & James Maddren (drums)
A return visit to the Bridge by the Ant Law Quartet. In 2013 guitarist Ant Law’s
Sunday, February 02, 2014
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About this blog - contact details.
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.)