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
Monday, June 30, 2014
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
(Review by Lance).
Friday, June 27, 2014
Warren (on F/b)
Thursday, June 26, 2014
(Review by Lance).
Rest in Peace.
We had the privilege of performing at the grand opening of Durham Cricket ground in Chester-Le-Street, played all the Halls of residence in
The new Quartet featuring John on Sax, Jim on Keyboards, Martin Wake on drums and myself on electric 6 - string bass came together a few years ago. Like everyone else on the Jazz scene else we were initially playing the usual cover tunes with a smattering of funky Latin tunes such as Spain, La Fiesta, Some Skunk Funk etc.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Marjorie's father, Bob Horn, is on the photo taken in Houghton le Spring/Durham circa 1930. although I'm not sure which bandsman he is.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Karen Mantler - Business is Bad is available on ECM/Xtra WATT 3768680.
The definitive jazz novel, in my opinion, has yet to be written despite the efforts of many well known literary figures. Evan Hunter's Second Ending perhaps came closest - until now that is.
Monday, June 23, 2014
If you've ever watched the Mardi Gras marching bands in Tremé or Live And Let Die and idly wished something similar existed closer to home, then wish no more, because it was right here under your nose the whole time.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Email your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My apologies for confusion over the date of the program - entirely my fault. When actual date is revealed it will be announced here.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
(Review by Lance.)
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Mining Institute is in
1.30pm, Saturday 21 June 2014.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
(l-r): The Slowlight Strings; Paul Loraine (keyboards), Ian ‘Dodge’
Friday, June 13, 2014
(Review by Lance)
One of the pivotal moments of my life was hearing Art Pepper in concert at, what was then, Newcastle's University Theatre. I was stunned! I'd never heard alto playing like it, nor had I witnessed a person visibly being destroyed by demons and being so able to rise above it. This was akin to the second coming of Christ (Charlie Parker) and I left in a state of shock. The following day, which would be May 11, 1981, I bought every Art Pepper album I could lay my hands on. This wasn't difficult as I worked in a Newcastle music store.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Particularly as Hoochie is an air-conditioned football free zone!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
(Review by Lance).
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
(Review by Lance).
Monday, June 09, 2014
Well, Gregory returns to the North East with a concert at Sage Gateshead on Thursday October 30 - in Hall One no less. I'm counting the days already to this unmissable occasion!.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Yesterday it rained - didn't it rain children? Yup it rained all the time. Today was a different ball game - the sun shone and everyone was happy - at least from the ankles up. Yesterday's deluge, which had brought the whole clambake to an early close, had also left it's mark on the waterlogged grassland.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Friday, June 06, 2014
This year, seven of the winners come from the North of England:
Freedom Principle (Manchester)
Jazz at Heart (Leeds)
Jazz at the Lescar (Sheffield)
Seven Jazz (Leeds)
Splinter Jazz (Newcastle)
The full list of winners can be seen on the JazzServices website. Congratulations to all of the winners!
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Ken Drew Photos.
Thursday, June 05, 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.)