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Bebop Spoken There

Lester Bowie: "James Carter is the man. He's the tenor player of the future. I haven't heard anyone who can touch him. I mean, he can wipe regular cats out. ''- (Down Beat November 1994).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Friday October 21

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Vasilis Xenopoulos - The Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £6.
Tim Garland Quartet – Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £15.59 w. Jason Rebello, Ant Law & Asif Sirkis.
Pedalling Squares - The Old Brassworks, Quality Row, Swalwell NE16 3AQ. 8pm. 0191 5972245. Kathryn Lowdon gig.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
Andrea Pattison/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Catfish Keith - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields. 7:45pm. £16 (£14 early bird).
Folk Night w. Rosie & Will - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Alan Glen Trio @ The Empty Shop. October 20

Alan Glen (piano), John Pope (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
The Empty Shop is something of a misnomer. Walk up the stairs to the first floor space on one of its regular jazz nights and invariably the place will be heaving. A return visit featuring the north east’s master pianist Alan Glen proved to be no exception. As Glen began his set the ‘house full’ signs were being hung on the doors. Empty shop? Closed shop, more like!
Mr Glen lets the music do the talking: Love for Sale, Stella by Starlight, Love is a Many Splendoured Thing, the GAS book. Accompanying our softly spoken pianist were John Pope and Paul Wight; a firmly established working trio consistently attracting audiences wherever they play. Durham’s Empty Shop would reject any notion that it has adopted a ‘shabby chic’ look, it’s proudly shabby. Floor boards, paint splattered chairs…and jazz.

North of the 'Birder' - The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith presents The Legend of Charlie Parker

(Press release)
Charlie Parker is one of the most important figures in the history of jazz music, and one of its most tragic heroes. He is also one of a handful of twentieth-century musicians who was an authentic catalyst for far-reaching change.
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra delves into the Parker catalogue and brings his brilliant vision to pulsating life in a concert series that will make this November one to remember. All of Charlie Parker’s original invention is explored, with further refinements in new arrangements specially commissioned by the SNJO.
There are new charts from Julian Argüelles, Sean Gibbs and Bill Dobbins, and original thinking from familiar SNJO arrangers Martin Kershaw, Florian Ross, Christian Elsässer, Laurence Cottle and Geoffrey Keezer. Their work allows the SNJO to re-visit Parker classics such as Donna Lee, Cheryl, Yardbird Suite, Parker’s Mood and Anthropology, and gild them with renewed vitality, fresh ideas and the gleam of modernity

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Don’t forget to book the babysitter!

Friday night at the Traveller’s Rest, Cockerton, Darlington, then, Sunday at the Black Bull, Blaydon. See you there! You have booked the babysitter, haven’t you? Honestly! Do it now before you forget. See you there! Yes, it’s the return of Vasilis Xenopoulos!

...with friends @ Newcastle o2 Academy. October 19

(Review by Russell)
Study Music at Sage Gateshead…
Nick Pride and the Pimptones with friends…
Plus Special Guests…
So read the blurb on the ticket stub. Sage Gateshead’s annual parade of tutor talent upped sticks for one night only to perform at Newcastle’s o2 Academy. An audience comprised of students and a handful of ex/non-students heard how it could/should be done. The jazz grapevine suggests the new student intake shows great promise. Expect to hear them out and about in the coming months.       
Quality is the word. The core Coast Road ensemble (Dave Camlin, Bex Mather, Bethany Elen-Coyle and Paul Susans) opened the show in typically understated fashion – walk on, plug in (acoustic guitars) and play. Original material, one of which Bex Mather sang with the Sapphires, reworked for the occasion, the vocal harmonies spot on, the quartet joined on a couple of numbers by friends Rob Walker and Paul Edis. Dave Camlin alluded to an all-too-familiar irritant – the ‘be a star in five minutes’ illusion – with Tonight Matthew, a proper tune about being oneself.
Coast Road: Dave Camlin (guitar & vocals), Bex Mather (guitar & vocals), Bethany Elen-Coyle (guitar & vocals) & Paul Susans (double bass, electric bass & vocals) + Rob Walker (drums) & Paul Edis (keyboards).

LP Review: Dexter Gordon - Fried Bananas

.Dexter Gordon (tenor); Rein De Graaff (piano); Henk Haverhook (bass); Eric Ineke (drums). Recorded November 3, 1972.
(Review by Lance).
Back in the day, in L.A., when Wardell Gray and Dexter were slugging it out on The Chase in Central Avenue bars and clubs, I'd always, on the recorded evidence, leaned towards Wardell with his lighter, more subtle approach. However, when Dex recorded those classic Blue Note Albums, I had to admit that Wardell, if he'd still been around, may well have lost the re-match!
That was Dexter at his greatest - or so I thought until I heard this album!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CD Review: Cameron Mizell - Negative Spaces.

Cameron Mizell (Guitar), Brad Whitely (Keyboards), Kenneth Salters (Drums).
(Review by Steve T).
For anyone who's wondering, I can't find anything to relate Cameron to the Mizell Brothers whose production transformed Donald Byrd from one of the great hard bop trumpeters to one of the great Jazz-funk artists.
The Hammond/guitar trio is one of my favoured line-ups in Jazz. Between the white European guitarists who book-end the golden years of Jazz the guitar initially struggled to get heard between saxophones and trumpets (or even piano) but, once satisfactorily amplified, became prone to lapses into easy-listening, often rescued by the famous Hammond organ. Almost every significant Jazz guitarist has put it to use and this is no exception, although Whitely uses a variety of keyboards.

At the North Shields Jazz Band Ball!

(Preview by Russell)
Jazz at the Exchange! It’s like old times. Mike Durham’s series of classic jazz concerts at the then Saville Exchange on Howard Street in North Shields set the standard and now, in 2016, the rejuvenated Exchange venue is once again to host jazz. On Saturday, October 22, three of the region’s top bands unite to present a triple bill of jazz and blues. The hall and its raked seats are as before with cabaret style seating in front of the stage. The jazz starts at seven o’clock with the now legendary Rae Brothers. Mac and Dave know their Bolden from their Beiderbecke, steeped in the jazz of New Orleans. A jumpin’ blues session with Brian Lynham’s No Time for Jive follows at 8:15, and to round off the evening, Maureen Hall’s Rendezvous Jazz take to the stage at nine thirty.

Preview: The Bad Plus + Binker and Moses @ Sage Gateshead - November 8

(Preview by Steve T)
This one really is a big deal, like the Cookers and Robert Glasper the following week. All three acts are playing the Epic ten day London Jazz Festival but in Gateshead they're all playing the same room while in London they won't even be on the same Underground Line. So, a bit of a Jazz Fest in November and if  Sage Gateshead can attract three acts of this calibre in April we'll be guaranteed another quality festival.

Jazz Café Jam Session - October 18.

(Review by Lance).
A cracking session and what did I do? I misplaced my notes! Apologies for missing names and numbers.
So I'm winging it! The house trio set the standard with Whisper Not and Amando's Rumba. They were on form. All three were on fire. 
A quartet of students from Sage Gateshead's BMus degree course took centre stage. Seemingly lead by guitarist Brent March they played acceptable versions of Sunny and All of Me. A work in progress. Brent told me this was, in fact, the first time they'd played together so the future looks promising. Fine musicians not heard to their best advantage. Do they have any original material? You betcha they will have! Watch this space. 
Time for the big hitters.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Preview: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe - October 20

Don’t miss the chance to hear Indigo Jazz Voices, jazz singers in the making, doing their stuff this Thursday, accompanied by Alan Law, maestro of the keyboard, and also by talented piano man Ron Pattinson, who plays for one of our singers.
We’ll be performing some of our favourite standards, blues and bossa: Jen Errington will Speak Low; Jenny Lingham will be Round Midnight; Minnie Fraser is singing a Fascinating Rhythm and yours truly will be telling you in song about my Secret Love. The two men in our group, Barry Keatings and David Edgar, haven’t said what they’ll be singing, so just wait and see. And there are lots more songs from us as well as the numbers mentioned.
Free admission, 7.30pm start
Be there!

Ann Alex.

Preview: Tim Garland Quartet - Sage Gateshead.

Saxophonist Tim Garland returns to Sage Gateshead this Friday (October 21) for the third time in three years. This will be my first time and I've heard from various sources what I've been missing.
He's accompanied by his regular band of percussion master Asaf Sirkis, keyboard wizard Jason Rebello and relative youngster, Ant Law who played a fine set with his own quintet in Hexham last year, and was nominated alongside Nigel Price and veteran Jim Mullen in the best guitar category of Jazzwise magazine this year.
Garlands' recent music is influenced by Jazz-rock, various British and American saxophonists, Celtic Music, Latin Music and particularly the music of Chick Corea, with whom he clearly shares enormous mutual respect.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Juliet Kelly - 'Bond to Bowie' @ Cotherstone Village Hall - October 16.

Juliet Kelly (voice); Paul Edis (piano).
(Review by Steve T)
The 'Highlights' rural touring scheme brings the arts to isolated communities and Cotherstone is certainly that. If you ever watch the Horror Channel it's like one of those communities where civilisation is left behind at the road turnoff, or so it seems on a cold, dark Sunday evening when there's no more cars, streetlights, buildings or people.
Actually it's a lovely, quiet, picturesque village with a typical village hall just like the site of all our youth clubs all those years ago, with a treat in store for its residents.     
Juliet Kelly must have thought all her Royal Variety Performances and Glastonbury Saturday night headlines had come at once when she heard Lord Paul, who she met the day before ahead of their Amble performance; two musicians both with great timing.

CD Review: Nick Sanders/ Logan Strosahl - Janus.

Nick Sanders (alto); Logan Strosahl (pno).
(Review by Lance).
Duo gigs are now as much the norm as trios, quartets, quintets and, probably more than sextets and infinitely more than bands numerically larger. Finance is usually the winner when artistic values are in the red corner. Bass players and drummers are the big losers - and, of course, the listeners.
Janus, in Roman Mythology, The God of Time, possessed of two diametrically opposed faces (I've known a few women like that!) looked simultaneously backward and forwards. 
Hence the title.

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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: I look forward to hearing from you.