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Bebop Spoken There

Joe Bushkin: "Bobby Hackett used to say: there are are two kinds of musicians - guys who play music and guys who make music. There's a wide gap there." - (Crescendo, October 1976).

Chick Corea: “I gigged around NYC as a drummer for a year-and-a-half. This was ’66, just before I got the gig with Stan Getz.” – (Down Beat December 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Sunday December 21

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm. May be off for holiday period - ring to check 01429 233126.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn.
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RALPH KEELEY (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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TBA - The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm.
Back January.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, Back January 11
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Evening.
ROLY VEITCH/JEREMY McMURRAY QUARTET w. STEVE ANDREWS - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Tonight it's Xmas Party Night. Bring some food and a raffle prize
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PJANTOMATES & THE MAJOR 6 - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Pros from the Theatre Royal Panto drop by for a jazz blow!
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Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £6. 8pm.
Back on January 18 with the STRETCH TRIO.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back in January.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Back in January
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm.£6.50.
Bubble Foundation fundraiser. Monthly, first Sunday. Back in January.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Fourth Sunday in the month jam aimed at both seasoned jammers and those knocking on the door. Check website for next jam

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mark Williams/Paul Susans @ Jazz Café - Dec. 20

Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs).
After the jazz, the razzmatazz, of a Strictly Smokin' Big Band Christmas Special in the adjoining Newcastle Arts Centre the withdrawal had to be done gently to avoid a coronary.
Mark and Paul provided the perfect antidote.  
After a couple of hours of the swingingest big band this side of Count Basie a chill-out was needed.
Some of us found it in the Jazz Café where guitar and bass provided the panacea.
What a night! Fantastic big band and fantastic duo. This is what jazz - what music - is all about.
The infinite variety - age cannot wither nor custom stale - It sure didn't wither or stale tonight!.
Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You - played at Christmas - is as appropriate as any of the the other Xmas songs (Fur coat for Christmas etc...)
A delightful evening that surely would have been standing room only if the audience at the Arts Centre had been reminded of what was going on in the Jazz Café next door!
Lance.
PS: SSBB review to follow.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Alter Ego @ The Globe - Dec. 19

Dave Hignett (tpt/flug); Keith Robinson (alt); Niall Armstrong (ten/fl); Andy Hawking (pno); Tony Abell (bs); David Francis (dms).
(Review by Peter Ninnim/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
What a night at the Globe!
Visiting the Globe is like struggling through the jungle of the Congo; you fight your way between creepers, avoid dangerous animals, duck low hanging branches and then finally arrive at a clearing in the forest to see sparkling in a shaft of sunlight a priceless jewel! OK, so that’s a bit over the top but the Globe is really a jewel in the Newcastle music field.
Last night the Globe featured a band providing a cornucopia of delights! It was like a beautiful Christmas present, wrapped in silver paper and tied with red ribbons! And when the box was opened out popped Alter Ego!
I count myself fortunate to have been there.

CD Review: Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six - Such Sweet Thunder

Vance Thompson, Michael Wyatt, Joe Jordan (tpt/flug); Tylar Bullion, Sean Copeland (tmb); James Mitchell (alt/sop); Greg Tardy (ten bs. clt); David King (bar/sop);  Keith Brown (pno); Taylor Coker (bs); Nolan Nevels (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Reimagining Ellingtonia, Monk and Dolly Parton is the album's subtitle. Well, Hello Dolly, I guess you never quite expected to be moving in such exalted jazz circles! By the same token I think Monk and Duke may have been equally surprised to be alongside Country's most Royal personage!
The heart of Five + Six is Thompson's working quintet - the Marble City Five (in bold above) - augmented  by additional horn players to make for a cracking biggish band ensemble.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Preview - Len (not Benny!) Goodman's Big Band Bonanza

David Brown alerted me to this program which goes out on Tuesday Dec. 23 at 9pm on BBC 4. It features Strictly Come Dancing adjudicator Len Goodman looking at the British Big Band era and highlights the Surrey based Kingswood Big Band who rehearse in the local village hall..
The band, formerly fronted by the late Sheila Tracy, includes Trombonist Bill Geldard, Trumpet player Ronnie Hughes and saxist Duncan Lamont - all veterans of 1950s big bands such as Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth and Jack Parnell.
David Brown also has an impressive musical pedigree having played under the baton of Andy Hudson in the Newcastle Big Band in the early '70s.
There appears to be some fault with the colour as David, the tenor player sitting at the left of the saxophone section, appears to have grey hair which he certainly didn't in 1973 when I last met him. Then again, neither did I!
Don't miss it - it definitely "Gets a Ten from Len - and me!"
Lance.

CD Review: Jakob Dinesen - Yasmin

Jakob Dinesen (ten); Darin Pantoomkomol (pno); Andres Christensen (bs); Jakob Hoyer (dms) Per Møllehø (gtr); Hugo Rasmussen (bs0 + string quartet.
(Review by Lance).
Just as the old saying goes that every comedian wants to play Hamlet, in our world I guess this equates with the belief that every jazzman wants to record with strings.
Many of then have - Bird, Dizzy, Brownie, Art (Pepper), Chet, Bobby Hackett, the list goes on. The artists themselves, generally speaking, enjoyed these breaks away from the wham bang thank you ma'am of their everyday gig at the office. By and large the critics didn't go along with it some even referring to jazz and strings as 'lift music'!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CD Review: Ruth Lambert Trio – Three

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Three is Ruth Lambert’s third CD release and the first with her trio of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass). Twelve tracks (six original compositions     and six standards) sustain a remarkably high standard of performance. Voice, guitar     and bass have been recorded with painstaking attention to acoustic detail by studio producer Adam Sinclair.

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. December 17

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew & Crufts)
Ruth Lambert had the world (and a rapt Jazz Café audience) on a string, wrapped around her finger. Lambert launched her trio’s new CD at Jazz North East’s Christmas Schmazz concert promotion. All seats taken, Ms Lambert, in the company of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass), gave a commanding performance in the art of intimate jazz singing.

Tenth Anniversary Bash @ Sage Gateshead. Dec. 17


(Report by Lance)
Talk about a party? This was a party! OMG just so much happening! We know that when Sage Gateshead throws a party it's going to be the best thing ever outside of Buckingham Palace and the White House. In fact the only thing that shaded it for London 2012 was that Roz Rigby didn't arrive by helicopter with 007 - where was Eddie Bellis when you needed him?
Apart from that, Sage Gateshead has never had quite a night like this! Jugglers, Gymnasts, Acrobats, Unicyclist, the ISIS window cleaners (this was when we felt we felt we really needed James Bond!). The steel pans, the percussionists producing the most amazing rhythms from the staircase rails.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jamming @ The Jazz Café - Dec. 16

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + David Gray (tmb/tpt); Johnny "Blue Hat" Davis (ten); Don Forbes (tpt); Rob Bates (dms); Michael Mather (dms); John Pope (bs); Briony Wright (vcl); ? (gtr).
(Review by Jamie O - a.k.a Lance)
Another recipe for Jam at "The Caff" and a potent one it is too.
Prepare a seasoned mixture of piano, bass and drums, add some yet to ripen trumpet (or wild trombone) and simmer for 12 bars or (much) longer. Bring back to the boil and add a black Selmer saxophone and a blue hat. Tenderly stir in a good measure of mature trumpet,  an assortment of percussionists and an extra bass. Separately prepare a generous helping of Ricki Lee Jones to spice it up and Voila! Nous avons la confiture.
All we need now is the bread...
Photos.
Lance.

Tonight! Ruth Lambert CD Launch

(Preview by Russell).
Singer Ruth Lambert launches her new CD tonight in the upstairs room at the Jazz Café. Three comprises standards and original compositions with Lambert in the company of a first rate guitar/double bass partnership. Sensitive, intimate guitar accompaniment to the singer of standards is an art form and in Giles Strong there is none better for Lambert. A sensitive double bassist is hard to find. Ms Lambert has found a gem in Mick Shoulder.

CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian – Hamburg '72

Keith Jarrett (piano, soprano saxophone, flute, percussion); Charlie Haden (double bass); Paul Motian (drums, percussion).
(Review by Hugh)
The Trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian was Keith Jarrett's first great band. This recording is of the trio playing live at NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg in July 1972. This concert was part of the first European tour for this trio, organised by ECM. Manfred Eicher returned to the original analogue sources 42 years later, remixing the music first recorded by NDR, together with engineer, Jan Eric Kongshaug. It is somewhat poignant that this work took place the day after Charlie Haden's death.

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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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