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Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Things Ain't What They Used to be!

(Review by George W.)
Expecting a traditional presentation, of silly old wise men offering gold, frankincense and myrrh to a hungry baby who only wants a change of hay and some pre sucked rusks, Dorothy and I attended our youngest grandchild's annual Christmas concert.
What's this? No stable or an unfortunate 2nd year boy dressed as a donkey being dragged tearfully across the stage. No, none of that nonsense this year. Instead, we were treated to some wonderful music of various styles played on all manner of instruments by about 40 boys and some young men in their final school years.
The venue was the concert hall of Newcastle School for Boys, It is occasions such as this which answer my oft asked question “from where will our future jazzmen come?” I am not sure about naming names but two outstanding members of this group were pianist Cameron whose solo piece “Rosemary” was full of feeling and personal style. Jazz at its classical best. Well played young man and I look forward to seeing your name appear again on these or similar pages.
Then there was “Cool Corner Ben” featuring a simply wonderful smooth saxophone solo played by Benjamin. Remember that name. He produces astonishing silk-like notes from his instrument such as I have rarely heard. Well played Ben and thank you all for a simply splendid concert. Take a bow Mr Hopkinson – musical director special.
George W.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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