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Bebop Spoken There

Charenee Wade: “…I was maybe 10 or 11, I was listening to 50 year old Sarah Vaughn and trying to sound like her.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

James Moody: “[On practising] If you don't use it, you lose it. And that applies to everything--and when I say everything, I mean everything!” – (Jazz Times March 2004).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.
Anna Reay/Deon Krishnan - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Chare, Newcastle. 7pm(?). Free.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Pilgrim Street Set @ Hoochie Coochie - Oct. 8

Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor), Paul Edis (keyboards), Paul Susans (bass guitar) & Rob Walker (drums).
Second Thursday, First Priority, Hoochie Coochie. There may be rugby ahead but, last night, this was the best and only game in town - it invariably is (the best).
The PSS have got the art of fusing jazz and funk into a format that's acceptable to all without loss of integrity. 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Tonight @ Hoochie (Oct.8)

Return of our monthly funky jazz residents. Original compositions, jazz standards & some weird tracks all the the Pilgrim St funky treatment ! If you wanna hear op quality players givin it some, this is the gig for you.
"This is a band full of Main Men. Susans and Walker, Burns and Turner. Then there is a fifth Main Man…Dr Paul Edis" - Lance Liddle
"The hottest funkin' band in the known universe tore it up. The second Thursday in the month residents play for fun, play for the Hoochie Coochie regulars, everyone has a good time." - Russell - Bebop Spoken Here.
Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor), Paul Edis (keyboards), Paul Susans (bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
Entry is FREE
2 for 1 cocktails till 10pm.

Jazz at the Pizza Express (Newcastle)

Jazz at the Pizza Express
Jazz at the Pizza Express, Dean Street. You’re in the north east, you’re thinking that’s a long way to go for a pizza. Think again! The Pizza Express, Dean Street, Newcastle has decided to give jazz a try. The pizzeria put on a regular jazz gig a few years ago in conjunction with the then fledgling Jazz Coop but it didn’t really take off. Let’s hope this new venture will enjoy greater longevity.
The plan is to establish a regular night in the upstairs room. The first gig will be on Friday October 23. Doors open at seven o’clock, with the band on stage at 8pm.. The good news is they’ve lined-up some tasty gigs to complement the menu; starting with the Matt Jacobs Trio. Jacobs is the pianist with the Durham University Big Band. The trio can play, make no mistake about it.
Friday Oct. 23 - Matt Jacobs Trio. Free.
Wednesday Nov. 11 - Mo Scott Trio. Free.
Wednesday Nov. 18 - Durham University Big Band - £5.
Monday Nov. 30 - Pocket Jazz Orchestra. Free.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Big Score - Jazz on the screen

There are few great Jazz movies - but there are many movies made great by jazz. So quoted Jazz Journalist Steve Voce and this is the basis of what music historian Chris Phipps guided us through this evening.
The room was full and I doubt if anyone left without getting something out of it. Personally, I'd seen many of the movies without the soundtracks impacting upon me (The Man with the Golden Arm being a notable exception). This, I guess, is to the composer/arrangers credit. If the music made such an impact it would detract from the action. The excerpts played certainly made me want to check out the films again.

Henry’s Swing Club @ The Branding Villa, South Gosforth. October 6

(Review by Russell).
Henry’s Swing Club met once again in the Brandling Villa. It doesn’t resemble Chicago’s South Side in its comfortable South Gosforth location but the music evokes the ‘50s blues scene of the Windy City. Student beardy types frequent the place, office workers winding down after a day’s work sink a pint, burger orders brisk. The beauty of the monthly blues session is trying to guess which nondescript punter – is that bloke sitting over there about to sit-in? – is actually a mean blues harp player, shouter or guitar player.

RIP Dave Pike

Another one has left us. Dave Pike, an innovative vibes player, passed away on October 4 aged 77.
A prolific recording artist both as leader and with Herbie Mann, Paul Bley and Bill Evans (1 album) he worked in both America and Europe. He was credited with being the first player to amplify the vibraphone. 
Like so many vibists he began as a drummer playing pro at the age of 14. In a Down Beat interview he says that when he was 16 he was in a drum shop and whilst he was waiting, he began to fool around on a set of vibes. He responded to them immediately and knew at once that this was the instrument he'd been looking for.
His CD Jazz For The Jet Set (pictured) seemed to be a regular feature of Jazz North East's raffles back in the days of gigs at the Corner House or maybe I'm just imagining it.
Whatever, he was a fine contemporary vibes player who will be missed.

RIP Coleridge Goode

It is with great sadness that I've learned of the passing of the legendary bass player Coleridge Goode on October 2 at the grand old age of 100. 
Perhaps best known for his work with fellow West Indian Joe Harriot he also had a long association with Michael Garrick.
Back in 2010 I attended a tribute to Ian Carr at the South Bank Centre. This featured many great names of British jazz including Garrick, Don Rendell, Guy Barker, Mike Gibbs and Norma Winstone but the biggest round of applause went to Coleridge who, wheelchair bound, was introduced from the audience. Then 94, he didn't play but the warmth of his reception spoke volumes of the place he held in the hearts of the audience that night.
His passing leaves an enormous void.
May he Rest In Peace.

CD Review: Josh Shpak Band - Astatic

Josh Shpak (tpt/flug); Simon Moullier (vbs); Lucas Del Calvo (gtr); Kyumin Shim (pno); Aaron Liao (basses); Patrick Simard (dms); Roni Eytan (hca - 2 tracks) + Strings (on 3 tracks) Sam Weiser, Gabe Gladstein (vln); Alexandra Simpson (vla); Marza Merophi Wilks, Allison Drenkow (cello).
(Review by Lance). 
I'm not sure that I'm the guy to review this. Josh states that, "I've found the main reason people of my generation [his] steer away from jazz is not that the music is too complex, too angular, too's because the very sounds that the musicians are using sound old or outdated to them. I'd like to bring my music to these people in a way that makes their own favourite artists be as relevant a part of our culture's musical history as John Coltrane".

Strictly Come Dancing Choreographer in World Record Attempt

(Press release)
Strictly Come Dancing’s assistant Charleston choreographer, Scott Cupit – who has coached the likes of Daniel O’Donnell, Scott Mills, Judy Murray and Alison Hammond – will be leading hundreds of active and attractive swing dancers and members of the public in an attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Charleston dance at 11.30 am on Sunday 11th October 2015 at Spitalfields Market, London.Teachers from BBC Dragons' Den swing dance school success, Swing Patrol, which Scott founded and in which Deborah Meaden invested, are teaching the routine at 40 venues across London, and it can be learned by people all over the country by watching a Youtube video at
The event is in aid of Guy's Cancer Centre Appeal. 
The full release is at

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Customs House Big Band News

As usual we are back to the first Tuesday's of the month as a rehearsal open to the public - at the New Crown (that's tonight Oct. 6 @ 7:30pm.)
Next performance is at The Customs House - November 6 - for this concert the audience choose the programme (making their choices as the tickets are booked (should prove to be interesting).
November 20 at Opus 4 in Darlington.
December 1 at Cleadon.
Peter Morgan.

Preview: Indigo Voices @ The Globe, This Coming Thursday

Another free event at the Globe for you lucky people!  On Thursday October 8 Indigo Voices perform their gig at 7.30pm, accompanied by Alan Law and Ron Pattinson on piano.  We are a group of singers who have attended/are attending Lindsay Hannon’s Blue Jazz Voices class at Sage Gateshead, and we are now branching out into more solo jazz singing.  We do songs individually, including swing, blues and bossa numbers.  So on Thursday, you’ll hear our versions of songs such as God Bless The Child; I’m Beginning To See The Light; Dindi; Take The A Train; Miss Otis Regrets; Misty. Our gigs come up every 2 months, and we had a full house for the last performance in August, which was rounded off neatly with a romping piano duet from our accompanists.  
We are: Jen Errington; Jenny Lingham; Minnie Fraser; Carrie McCullock; Elizabeth Eaton; Ann Alexander (accompanied by Alan Law) and also Barry Keatings (accompanied by Ron Pattinson).
Catch us before we become famous! (Only joking, but you never know)
Ann Alex

CD Review: Candice Hoyes - On a Turquoise Cloud

(Review by Lance)
Ellington didn't use girl singers a lot but, when he did, they weren't the crooning thrush's favoured by white bands or the blues mamas that most black bands used No, Duke, who let's face it was never a swing band, although, on its day, they could outswing the lot of them. Duke had pretensions but, unlike Paul Whiteman, didn't aim to bring the classical audience down to his level, Duke sought to bring the classical audience up to his level! This he did without resorting to strings (did Ellington ever use strings? I'm sure Colin will remind me if he did!) The only compromise he ever made to the straight music world to which he aspired, and, almost, achieved, was his use of straight singers such as Adelaide Hall and, particularly, Kay Davis.

Toby Delius Trio @ the Bridge – Oct. 4

Toby Delius (reeds); Olie Brice (bass); Mark Sanders (drums)
(Review/photos Ken Drew) 
The second On the Outside free jazz and improv gig - part of Jazz North East’s autumn season (first Sunday of the month at Newcastle’s Bridge Hotel). The Bridge is a most suitable space for an acoustic performance. Following the improv workshop in the afternoon, the ‘stage’ had been dispensed with giving what some regarded as a fuller sound and, more importantly, making the performers ‘more accessible’. This seemed to be the case for this trio – providing an intimate setting for some well presented improv.  

Monday, October 05, 2015

Smoove & Turrell @ North East Calling Fanzone. October 4

John Turrell (vocals), Smoove (percussion & vocals), Mike Porter (keyboards & vocals), Lloyd Wright (guitar & vocals), Andy Champion (bass & vocals) & Lloyd Croft (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Saturday night, following the rugby match at St James’ Park, the Fanzone four thousand capacity marquee burst at the seams. The adjacent fun fair attracted six thousand people. Sunday night couldn’t have been more different. Several bands over seven hours played to a sparsely populated arena. Tens of thousands of rugby fans long gone, entertainment twenty four hours on failed to draw the crowds. Rides stood still as catering concessions closed up shop early. A distinct end of the pier feel shrouded the all but deserted site.

Interview with Julian Argüelles

Julian Argüelles brings his current project Tetra to Sage Gateshead on October 26. We caught up with him to get his thoughts on Tetra and other ensembles he's been associated with.
Julian, you are returning to Sage Gateshead with Tetra for the first time since appearing earlier this year with Loose Tubes at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Do you have a preference – the large ensemble or the small group setting?
I don't have a Preference, I enjoy both hugely. But I would say as a performer I prefer the intimacy of the solo and the group improvisation possibilities of a small group. As a composer/writer I enjoy larger groups because you have more possibilities in terms of musical colour, orchestration, more individual voices, and there is nothing quite like the sound of a big band all 'breathing' as one, it can be very powerful.

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Jazz Latin Groove: October 3

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sop/ten sax, hand drums, tabla, percussion); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band gave us a very enjoyable, varied, and adventurous programme of groovy, boppy, Latin numbers and Debra is to be congratulated for attempting some rather difficult songs.  I loved Steve Summers sax solos, these were real solos which displayed a genuine connection with the original tunes and chords, not just a cacophonous collections of sounds, such as I’ve heard sometimes from more famous names.  And he’s a dab hand on hand drums (sorry to be repetitive!) and percussion.  The rest of the band did their stuff admirably, Alan steaming away on keys, even after an afternoon of teaching on the Jazz Co-op workshop: Paul as dependable and skilled as ever; and Tim drumming sensitively in the many ways demanded by the tunes.

CD Review: Frank Kohl Quartet - Invisible Man

Frank Kohl (gtr); Tom Kohl (pno); Steve LaSpina (bs); Jon Doty (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After wading through the albums that land on the doormat and wondering if jazz is still jazz, along comes an album like this.
A sheer delight! Not a pedal board in sight! Barney Kessel; Herb Ellis; Joe Pass; Jim Hall and now Frank Kohl. Music to delight these jaded and increasingly confused ears! I shouldn't be reviewing this - it should be Roly, Jim Birkett, Steve Glendinning, Bradley or Giles Strong, guys who are guitarists and aficionados of this oft abused instrument. No abuse on this album! A mix of originals and gassers featuring Kohl on his third CD.

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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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