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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Classic Swing Latest

Classic Swing, I'm told, has made a good start at their new Tuesday lunchtime venue - The Ship in Monkseaton - drawing a decent sized crowd for their first gig. Likewise, their Monday afternoon session at the Marquis of Granby, Sunniside*, is also building up. Tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 1), they play at the Elephant, home of Ashington Jazz Club, where South African reedman/vocalist Roy Burrows is the featured guest artist.
Burrows, a sidekick of Classic Swing's ace trumpet player Bob Wade back when Wade was also part of the South African jazz scene, is spending some time in the northeast and is expected to pop up again at the Classic Swing lunchtime gigs mentioned above.
Tommy Graham is now on drums with the band making the finalised lineup: Bob Wade (trumpet/flugel/clarinet); Jim McBriarty (sax/clarinet/vocal); Colin Haikney (keys)**; Alan Rudd (bass); Tommy Graham (drums)***; Olive Rudd (vocals).
Lance.
*As a further incentive to visit the Marquis, on Mondays they have a BOGOF (Buy one get one free) meal deal.
** Malcolm Armstrong on keys @ Marquis.
*** Ian Hetherington on drums @ Elephant.

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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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