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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Boneshakers’ Fourth Annual Boxing Day Blues Party @ The Tyne Bar.

Russ Hird (guitar & vocals), Ronnie Semple (harmonica & vocals), John Morgan (electric bass) & Gordon Smiles (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Bodega: a pint of Prince Bishop (the impeccable house beer at the Camra award-winning hostelry), a good crowd in for the match (a deserted nearby Wetherspoon’s wasn’t showing the match). Man Utd 3 The Toon 1. Kind of inevitable, little in the way of disgruntlement. Move on, as they say.
A walk along the Quayside, the Tyne in full food (albeit a millpond). Sage Gateshead slept, green and red lights dimmed. The Pitcher and Piano sparkled, bubbly at the ready, somewhat optimistically with not a reveller in sight (inside or out). Up ahead at the Ouseburn the Tyne Bar glowed invitingly. Would there be any room at the inn?
Walking through the door the place was as one would expect to find it…absolutely packed! The Boneshakers were in full flight knocking out rockin’ r ‘n’ b. A pint of Wylam’s Tankard, a precious standing space at the back of the room. The sound not the best, it never is, but no matter. It was loud enough, more than. A solid foundation (bass and drums), wailing harp, killer guitar licks, beer, women, song, more beer…Cheers!
One of several guest sitters-in, Steve Dixon got up, battered Strat in hand (just like Rory’s) and called Crossroads. It was worth the trek. voice and guitar the business. A Santa-fied encore a la Chuck Berry and that was it. The Boneshakers’ first ever gig took place in the very same pub, on the very same day exactly four years ago. Next year – December 26 – you can guess where they and their fans will be. 
Russell.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the write up Russell. Flattered you enjoyed it

(Ronnie} The Boneshakers

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