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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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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).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Me Tarzan, you Jane, he’s Joel Brown

The 2017 Whitley Bay Film Festival is working in partnership with the Tyne Theatre and Opera House to celebrate ‘The Cinema Years’ of the listed former cinema on Westgate Road. A Stoll cinema for more than fifty years up until 1974, many blockbusters were screened with queues snaking around the block such was its popularity with film goers. Now, over three days, cinema buffs are rolling up to the Tyne Theatre to watch films originally screened way back when, view exhibition material, participate in workshops and partake of a ‘dainty tea’ as was the custom.
Friday’s opening event presented Tarzan of the Apes (Dir. Scott Sidney, 1918). Black and white, silent, with live piano accompaniment. Our pianist? Joel Tofield Brown. Yes, the very same Joel   Brown who has made a big impression at the Jazz Café’s regular jam sessions! Tarzan, played by
Elmo Lincoln, could never have imagined piano accompaniment like this! Joel, at seventeen, played it his way…jazz piano all the way. Improvising to the moving image, Joel’s interpretation of the on-screen action maintained audience interest throughout. One hour’s worth of piano, the concentration required no doubt a real challenge, Joel Brown did a grand job. Oh, yeah…Tarzan got his girl. 
Russell.

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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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