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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Look! The Broken Doll! The Globe!

(Report by Russell)
Currently on show at the Literary and Philosophical Society on Westgate Road in Newcastle is an ongoing exhibition of photographs from the West Newcastle Picture History Collection. The theme is ‘pubs and clubs’ to be found within a few square miles west of Newcastle city centre. Stretching west of St James’ Boulevard to Scotswood Bridge (within spitting distance of Blaydon Jazz Club!) and north to Stamfordham Road in Westerhope, black and white prints on show in the Lit & Phil’s ground floor exhibition space give an indication of west Newcastle’s once flourishing pub trade.

Most of the hostelries are long gone, all, no doubt, with a tale to tell. The Broken Doll stood as an old-style spit and sawdust boozer on Blenheim Street. Matthew Charlton beers were on the bar. A lick of paint would have ruined the place, a public house without redecoration since the year dot. A Saturday afternoon blues venue par excellence (the Blues Burglars were regulars, the joint packed to the rafters), ‘progress’ intervened. The Broken Doll was demolished to make way for St James’ Boulevard (never a more ludicrous name for a road in a northern ‘post’ industrial town), memories survive intact. Broken Doll t-shirts were de rigueur, today a collector’s item.
One photograph on show – taken in 2005 – describes one premises as the last pub on Scotswood Road. That pub is the Globe. Rescued and revived by the Newcastle Jazz Co-op, today the Globe is a thriving shareholder-owned jazz venue. Prints are available to purchase, call in to the Lit & Phil for details.
Russell         

3 comments :

  1. The beer was supplied by Mathew Brown. Great pub :)

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  2. Yes, Matthew Brown. Thanks for the correction. Who (hick!) is Matthew Charlton?

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  3. The Matthew Charlton Home Improvement, DIY, Plumbing and builders merchant has operated within Northumberland for 171 years.

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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.
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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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