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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Things To Come @ Blaydon

Sunday 18th March 8pm Adm. £5
Zoe Gilby Quartet - Zoe Gilby vocals, Mark Williams gtr, Andy Champion bass, Russ Morgan drums.
Our great jazz singer Zoe now has a much deserved national profile. She brings her brilliant quartet to Blaydon for our opener of the new season.
Sunday 15th Apr 8pm Adm. £5
Giles Strong Quartet - Giles Strong gtr, Roly Veitch gtr, Ian Paterson bass, Adam Sinclair drums. 
Highly respected and versatile guitarist Giles Strong is a devotee of guitar legends such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Jim Hall. For this concert he is joined by likeminded guitarist Roly Veitch, together with Ian Paterson on double bass and Adam Sinclair drums.
Sunday 20th May 8pm Adm. £5
Alter Ego (pictured) - Keith Robinson alto, Niall Armstrong tenor sax/flute, Dave Hignett trumpet, Andy Hawking piano, Tony Abell bass, David Francis drums
A return visit by this superb and very popular hard bop sextet playing in the classic Jazz Messenger style.

Sunday 17th June 8pm Adm. £5
Mark Williams - Joel Byrne-McCullough Jazz Guitar Duo

The northeast is blessed with a wealth of really great jazz guitarists across all styles. This duo features two of the best playing a mix of 'Songbook' standards and contemporary material.
All concerts are at The Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ.

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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.)
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