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Bebop Spoken There

“Television is just a bunch of people with nothing to do watching people who can't do nothing.”Wingy Manone (Down Beat April 7, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives: Greg Abate to Mike Zwerin.

Today Friday April 18.

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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Evening.
FUNKALLEROS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £5.00. 9.30pm (Free up to 9:00pm.)
Graham Hardy in Latin Funk mode.
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BURUNDANGA - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 5SF. 9pm. Free.
More Latin!
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GAVIN LEE's JAZZ BAND - British Legion, Coatsworth Rd., Gateshead 8pm.
New Orleans at its finest for a Good Friday party.
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - Sloan's, 22 Grange Rd., Darlington DL1 5NG. 8pm. Free.
Top vocalist with great backing.
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DEAN STOCKDALE TRIO - The Hearth, Main Rd., Horsley NE15 0NT. 7.30pm. 01661 852545. CANCELLED! Re-scheduled for July 11.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie. April 17











Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs. gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis.)
In contrast to last month's "select audience" this time round the joint was jumpin'. Of course it was Easter Eve which is as good an excuse as any to get bladdered - the Hoochie slogan "Every true music believer now has their church" certainly rung true tonight.

CD Review Led Bib The People in Your Neighbourhood

Mark Holub (drums), Pete Grogan (alto saxophone), Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Liran Donin (bass) & Toby McLaren (keyboards & piano)
(Review by Russell)
A crowd funding campaign helped fund the making of Led Bib’s new release. The Mercury Prize nominated quintet have rewarded those who donated to the project with a recording embracing the familiar groove and newer chilled-out elements. Altoist Chris Williams’ own tune New Teles opens the album and it is the composer who sets the pace. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

COMPETITION TIME!!!

Win a Northern Monkey Brass Band High On Life CD and Free Entry for 2 to the launch gig on 6th July at Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle!
We're often approached after gigs by people saying "You should do a version of 'this' tune" or "I'd love to hear you play 'that' tune" etc, so to mark the band's first CD launch, we want you to nominate a piece of music you'd like to hear us play.
The suggestion we like the most will be played at the gig, the person that nominates it will win our CD, 'High On Life', plus free entry for them and a guest to the gig itself.

Fred Wesley @ Ned Kelly's

Those of us who were knocked out by Fred Wesley and the JB Horns when they played Hoochie last year will like these photos and comments by our man in Hong Kong after members of the band jammed at Ned's.
Great night at Ned’s with Fred Wesley and Ernie Field on tenor sax, who played one set with us, Fred is 71 and Ernie Field Jnr is 81. As many of you will probably know his father had his own big band and made a few albums. Some great stories from Ernie of when he was with the Hampton Big Band, nice guys and they really enjoyed themselves.
Colin.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chaka Khan @ Hoochie next month!

We are honoured to announce the appearance of Chaka Khan & Incognito @ Hoochie Coochie on May 17. Chaka Khan has sold 200 million records & won 10 Grammy's . This is a once in a lifetime gig to see her up close with 249 other people. Any profit from the gig will be donated to The Chaka Khan Foundation which helps women & children. Tickets will not last long. - Warren.
http://hoochiecoochie.skiddletickets.com/event.php?id=12158858

CD Review: Nancy Goudinaki - I Wanna Be Your Star

Nancy Goudinaki (vocals, electro-classical guitar); Orrin Evans (piano, arrangements); Dwayne Burno (bass); J D Allen (tenor sax); Rudy Royston (drums); also guests Miles Griffith (vocals); Daniel Sadownick (percussion); Richie Goods (bass).
(Review by Ann Alex).
 Ms Goudinaki hails from Greece and this is her debut album.  She was trained in classical guitar but she felt inspired to sing jazz, and she is making a name for herself in and around New York.  The CD includes standards, Almost Like Being In Love; I’ll Be Seeing You; Fine And Mellow; My Heart Stood Still; A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea;, two originals by Ms Goudini Bird Of Paradise; I Wanna Be Your Star; and another two tracks Just Friends and an instrumental Milonga.

R.I.P. Jimmy McDowell

Just received the sad news that my dear friend and fellow jazz fan Jim McDowell passed away this morning. We'd known each other for over 50 years and when I got married Jimmy was my best man. In the photo Jimmy is at the piano and we had a jam as we waited for the taxi to take us to the church. I remember we were playing Sir Charles Thompson's Robbin's Nest (probably rather badly!).
Over the years Jim and I attended many jazz gigs and concerts at Newcastle City Hall, Corner House, Side Café, Bridge, Sage etc. and there was also a memorable trip to Leeds to see Dave Brubeck.
We shared an interest in cycling and had several Sunday bike rides. Until fairly recently Jimmy was a regular at the Splinter at the Bridge sessions until Parkinson's Disease limited his mobility.
After my wedding Jimmy and Marlene's bridesmaid, Valerie, got together and they too married and the friendship between the four of us continued to this very day augmented by their daughter Jane.
It is to Valerie and Jane that our sympathies go out to and the memories we all shared.
Rest In Peace dear friend.
Lance.

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 15

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Stuart Finden (ten); Fiona Finden (vcl); Ray Truscott (bs); Ian Forbes (dms); Josh Bentham (alt); Paul Skerritt (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten); Kath Jobes (vcl); Belinda Voshtina (vcl).
(Review by Lance/Photo of Fiona and Stuart Finden courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
The trio got things off to a good start with Horace Silver's St. Vitus Dance - a prequel to Sunday's Silver tribute session at the Bridge by Gilligan and co - book your seat now! I Fall in Love Too Easily, Alice in Wonderland and My Romance, taken at a most unromantic tempo, set the scene for the jammers waiting in the wings.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JJA Awards 2014

This year's Jazz Journalists Association Awards can be found here - quite a few names seen and heard recently on Tyneside are among the winners.
Lance.

Pink Lane Jazz Co-op at The Globe is going ahead!

Good news! Pink Lane Jazz Co-op at The Globe is going ahead. It will be the first freehold music venue in the UK to be owned by its members.
We've raised the money we needed to get started and we've instructed our solicitor to proceed with the purchase. We’ll post more details when the sale is completed.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have invested in this exciting venture and to those who have helped to promote and publicise it. Our community share issue exceeded our target. We don’t know the exact sum invested yet because there are still cheques arriving in the post. We’ll give you an accurate figure in the next couple of days. Thank you all.

Britain's Greatest Ever Jazz Musician?


Simon Whittle uploaded this magnificent shot of Tubby Hayes to the Facebook page of the Tubby Hayes Appreciation Society.
Britain's greatest ever jazz musician? I wouldn't bet against it although I'm sure others will!
Lance.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mitch Laddie Band @ The Tyne Bar. April 13

Mitch Laddie (guitar & vocals), Rhian Wilkinson (electric bass) & Matt Connor (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Sunday afternoons at the Tyne Bar are invariably busy with regulars eager to hear some blues. This week the Maling Street hostelry almost burst at the seams. Three deep at the bar (Wylam beers occupying every hand pull), they had come to hear Mitch Laddie. The man from out Consett way plays gigs in pubs, clubs, concert halls (Sage Gateshead) and on the blues festival circuit. Laddie, five string bassist Rhian Wilkinson and drummer Matt Connor make for the tightest of units rampaging across a blues rock landscape, the big bonus being they avoid the mind-numbing, sledgehammer approach.

Preview Darlington Jazz Festival April 24 – 27

(Preview by Russell).
The third Darlington Jazz Festival runs over four days, at three venues, wider in scope and ambition. The Forum Music Centre on Borough Road (the event’s HQ in previous years) presents a workshop and a full day of music (twelve hours worth!), the Head of Steam  (Darlington Railway Museum) on Station Road (a new venue) offers ten hours of jazz and the Voodoo Café on Skinnergate hosts a late night session of danceable Latin American sounds.
The first event takes place at the Forum on Thursday evening (April 24). Trumpeter Matt Roberts will lead a workshop for all ages and abilities, sectional tutors will be on hand and take note - the event is certain to be over-subscribed, so be quick, contact details. The workshop fee is a bargain £6.00., 5:30 pm start.

This Sunday (April 20) @ Blaydon.

Alter Ego
This great sextet has six of the North's finest jazz musicians. Since their début performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. The group draw much of their material from the rich catalogue of original compositions created by the likes of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley and Miles Davis. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz. 
“The spirit of the Jazz Messengers is with the band from first note to last.” - Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here.
Roly.
Sunday April 20 - Black Bull, Blaydon. 8pm. £5.

Krysztof Urbanski - The Urban Jazz Society @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. April 13.

Krysztof  Urbanski (ten/alt); Martin Longhawn (pno); Sam Vicary (bs); Sam Gardner (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
If Johnny Hodges had played tenor, tonewise, he may have resembled Urbanski particularly in the latter's opening, unaccompanied, introduction to Nature Boy. Paradoxically, when Urbanski did play alto in the second set he sounded nothing like Hodges!
Nature Boy was the only non-original composition, the rest were mainly from the pen of the leader who never fails to impress with his big saxophone sound and technique to match.

CD Review: Colin Vallon Trio - Le Vent

Colin Vallon – piano   Patrice Moret – bass  Julian Sartorus – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
This is the Swiss trio’s second ECM album. It’s a very modern European offering revolving not around virtuoso solos but a collaboration of like minded musicians who have produced a piece of work which may not have you jumping around on the kitchen table with excitement but instead will provide a stimulating relaxing and peaceful experience.  This is definitely more Swiss Roll than rock and roll but sometimes it’s nice to have your cake and eat  it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mick Shoulder Website.

Bass players having websites? Bloody drummers will be wanting them next!
Never heard the like!
Check out Mick's website here. Lots of info on one of the region's top bassists.
Lance.

CD Review: Leslie Pintchik - In the Nature of Things.

Leslie Pintchik (pno); Steve Wilson (alt/sop); Ron Horton (tpt/flug); Scott Hardy (bs); Michael Sarin (dms); Satoshi Takeishi (perc).
(Review by Lance).
So many review CDs come through the letterbox that I've had to replace the mat in the hall and the postman is complaining of a bad back so I hope those who have sent CDs for review will understand if they don't get reviewed immediately or even ever!
This disc is such a one that most undeservedly got shuffled back down the deck. Not any longer! It's a cracker!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jazz Café May Program.

Jazz Café phone 0191 2229882 25-27 Pink Lane near the Central Station
Open from 11am daily as a Cafe, closed Sun and Mondays. Fridays and Saturday  - admission free up to 9.00pm*, Live from 9.30pm - 11.30pm admission for most events £5 on the door, *Except Schmazz 
Full programme at   www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk

Jazz Record Requests - BBC Radio 3 today 5pm.

Recorded live at Sage Gateshead on Day 2 of the GIJF - Listen here.
Interesting with one or two folks you may know.
Great selection of music not least Paul Edis' choice of a track by Vasilis Xenopoulos - surely one of the truly great underrated tenor players. "Vasy" is at The Bridge, Newcastle on Thursday April 24 and the following day at St Cuthbert's Centre Crook. Get your diary out now! Then go down to the bookies and put your house on it being the Gig of the Year but don't double it up with Sunderland avoiding relegation!
Lance.

If you happen to be out Tokyo way...

Konichiwa!
On Duke Ellington's 115th birthday Tuesday, April 29, I will play a concert of his music with subarashii bassist Koji Tetsui -- including Ellington classics and some less known songs.
This special event "Daryl At Duke's Place" at Tableaux Lounge starts 6:00 pm until 8:00pm.
Special guests: clarinetist Yoshihiko Miyazaki and singer Yasuko Nakatani.
I hope you will join us for this celebration of a jazz legend. Details below.
Arigato!  
Daryl Sherman  

Paul Edis Trio @ The Jazz Café. April 11 (second set)

(Review by Russell)
Good to see a group of young lads (musicians?) checking out the Paul Edis Trio. The second set proved to be just like the first…the best jazz piano trio you’ll hear west of NYC. Chatter from the back of the room receded as the trio resumed with Our Love is Here to Stay (Edis recalling the lilting style of Erroll Garner). Milestones/What is This Thing Called Love? heard the trio playing to the highest standards. B Minor Waltz won out over the distant chatter before Doxy took centre stage. 

Paul Edis Trio - Jazz Café April 11

Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
The Jazz Café had a fair smattering of punters in tonight. Some stayed, some left and there was much shifting around of seats before, eventually, we got our favourite pew 'twixt bar and piano.
In recent weeks, "The Caff" has seen no small percentage of the area's top pianomen in the spotlight. Collingwood, Gilligan, Glen, Harrison, Law and tonight Edis.
We are truly blessed in this neck of the woods to have so many magnificent manipulators of the well-tempered clavichord except this one tonight was a slightly ill-tempered Hyundai! If it was an Hyundai car it wouldn't have passed its MOT!

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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.)
PS:I don't care what your political views are - you can love or hate Maggie, Tony, Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar - just don't air them here!
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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