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Bebop Spoken There

Dizzy Gillespie: "If they ever make a movie about Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt is the man to play the part." - (DownBeat May 25, 1961).
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Mark Crooks: “Playing the songbook repertoire is what I really like to do. There’s a hundred lifetimes of material for me to explore there.” – (Jazz Journal April 2015).

Today Thursday April 2

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Ray Dales (alt); Jeff Aucott (keys); Kevin Eland (tpt).
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EX EXTREME - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham. 8pm. £4.
Good to know the band is still around.
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BUDTONES - Globe Jazz Bar, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Hard bop tenor, smoky vocals and a lot more!
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - St. Joseph's CWM Club, Birtley. 8.30pm. £3/£2.50.
Classic trad and great vocals.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Back April 30.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA + GUEST - Catholic Club, Billingham. 7.30pm. £1.
An evening of Jazz and Blues. Monthly - Back April 23
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith and guests.
Monthly - Back April 30.
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INDIGO JAZZ VOICES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. Free.
Monthly, back on April 9
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PILGRIM STREET SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm. Free.
Hard blowing modern. Monthly - Back April 9.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

CD Review: Ben Cox Band - This Waiting Game

Ben Cox (vcl); Jamie Safiruddin (keys/md);  Will Glaser (dms/perc); Flo Moore (bs); Adam Chatterton (tpt/flug/bkg vcl); Kirk Elhinney (gtr/bkg vcl); Claire Martin (vcl on Berkeley Square); Emily Dankworth ( vcl on Happy Madness).
As Tony Bennett famously once said, "All of a sudden you had to write your own songs, as if Jerome Kern and Porter weren't good enough anymore."
Not surprisingly, the Beatles' And I love Her and Nightingale Sang are (for me) the outstanding tracks on this CD. The addition of Claire Martin on the latter track lifts it but, with repeated listening, the originals by Salfiruddin come into their own so maybe me and Tony got it wrong - maybe!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Schmazz @ the JazzCafé presents Riff Raff – March 31.

Brigitte Beraha (vocals); George Crowley (sax); Rob Updegraff (guitar); Ivo Neame (keyboards, accordion); Dave Manington (bass); Tim Giles (drums)
(Review by Steve H/ Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Finally, after attending several fairly non challenging gigs, one to excite the musical taste buds. Any technically gifted jazz musician can knock out SummertimeMy Funny Valentine and even Fog on the Tyne to a standard where audience members can take comfort in recognising familiar territory, enjoying a classic tune whilst appreciating the skilled improvisation. Don’t get me wrong The Great American Song Book has stood the test of time and great songs don’t just roll off the conveyor belt every 50 years or so but too much GAS can lead to a lot of hot air. Personally, nothing beats the excitement of hearing brand new sounds. The tune around the corner may not be as good as the old classic but the element of surprise more than makes up for this.

CD of the Month (March)

Harry Allen - For George, Cole and Duke.
Ryan Truesdell - Lines of Colour.
Joanne Tatham - Out of My Dreams.
Lance.

Gig of the Month (March)

As ever, a tough one!
Dean Stockdale/Dave Newton @ The Globe.
Bruce Adams/Paul Edis Trio @ Jazz Café
Val Wiseman @ Gala Theatre
Jason Isaacs @ Bonbar.
These are just my nominations - I'm sure you all have your own (north east) choices.
Let us know.
Lance.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival – ten days and counting! Day 3 Preview.

(Preview by Russell)
Ten days to go. The 2015 edition of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at Sage Gateshead boasts what could be described as the best ever line-up on the banks of the Tyne. Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood, David Sanborn and John Scofield on day one, Joshua Redman, Zoe Gilby and Beats and Pieces on day two, day three offers several highlights likely to top ‘em all.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Belated acknowledgement of the death of a fine singer.

Just to let you know that Marion Williams, former singer with the Dankworth 7 and Oscar Rabin Band (among many others in the 50's) died in February, 2014.
She was 82 and a damned fine singer.
Attached is a promo photo of her back in the 50s/60s.
Dave van de Gevel
Zakynthos
Greece.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone March 26

(Review by Kath J.)
On the last Thursday of the month, you can be pretty certain to find me at the open rehearsal of The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band, and although some may think I am biased, due to my best beloved playing 1st Tenor, I endeavour for  my reviews to be honest and accurate.
This evening’s lack of singers allowed the SSBB to show off what a contemporary and varied instrumental pad they have and it’s superb to hear the variety of arrangements.  As usual the place was packed out with an attentive audience, some of whom had come up from downstairs when they heard the music start, and so by the time Paul Bream, Chair of Jazz Northeast  arrived towards the end of the first set, there wasn’t a seat to be had.

CD Review: Harry Allen - For George, Cole and Duke.**

Harry Allen (ten); Ehud Asherie (pno); Nicki Parrett (bs/vcl); Chuck Redd (dms/vbs) + "Little Johnny" Rivero (Latin perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Music is an audio experience but it can also be related to the other senses. Listening to Harry Allen on this disc is, compared to the majority of discs I receive that are full of original  compositions by some kid out of college, like the advent of spring (maybe not this Spring!) That they are by long gone composers, Gershwin, Porter and Ellington, only serves to pose the question - why try to improve upon perfection?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Duende @ The Bridge Hotel. March 29

Steve Glendinning (guitar) & Mark Williams (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
As has become the norm, the on-first-name-terms audience turned out to support Splinter @ the Bridge. At short notice Mark Williams helped out friend and fellow guitarist Steve Glendinning when a proposed quartet gig fell through. The prospect of two fine guitarists playing a few tunes together didn't deter the faithful.

Jason Isaacs & Zita Frith @ Bonbar March 29.

Jason Isaacs (vcl/ten); Mark Webb, Darren Irwin (tpt); Dave Brock  (tmb); Andy Bennett, Ray Dales (reeds); Stuart Collingwood (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Simon Ferry (dms) + Zita Frith (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
A Jason Isaacs' show isn't just another gig it's an occasion - a happening! The songs and the routines may be familiar but, somehow, he makes you think you're hearing them for the first time, such is the man's charismatic appeal. 
Tramp; Beyond the Sea; Kick in the Head; Minnie the Moocher; That's Life; Leroy Brown and many more made this a ring-a-ding-ding of a show.

Hannah Taylor & Alix Shepherd @ The Redwood Bar - March 29

Hannah Taylor (vcl); Alix Shepherd (pno).
The Redwood Bar of Newcastle's Vermont Hotel (Do they have a Newcastle Hotel in Vermont, I wonder?) is the latest watering hole to feature jazz tinged artists. Friday's opener was by Andrea Patterson, Saturday it was Zoe Gilby and last night Hannah Taylor, accompanied by Alix Shepherd on piano, took centre stage.
I had time to spare en route to Jason's gig at Bonbar so I decided to check it out.

Nicola Farnon Trio @ Holy Trinity Church Matfen - March 29

Nicola Farnon - Vocal, Double Bass, Piero Tucci - Piano, Tenor Sax, Phil Johnson - Drums, Perc
(Review by Ray Robson).
Being lovers of the acoustics a church provides, we were delighted to see that our local "Highlights" group had continued their great support in taking Jazz to local Northumberland communities & had arranged a mini tour for the Nicola Farnon Trio.....we caught up with them in the lovely surroundings of Holy Trinity Church in Matfen. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Four On Six – The Jazz Café - March 28









Steve Glendinning (gtr) & Paul Grainger (bs)

(Review by Kath J/Photo left by Mike Tilley photo right by Lance).
When two outstanding musicians team up for a duo gig, you know that it’s going to be a high quality performance and I wasn’t disappointed.  Four on Six commenced with a bit of Gershwin, A Foggy Day, and right from the start the intricate workings of Stevie’s fingers backed by that confident but laid back bass, set the standard.  Pat Metheny’s Aways and Forever brought an innovative bass solo and Paul’s creativity carried on into God Bless the Child, way to go Mr Grainger!

The Jazz Machine @ The Globe Jazz Bar - March 28.

Pepe Greenaway (alt); Dave Parker (bs); Peter Ninnim (dms).
"A work in progress" was the description given to me by one of the "Machinists" and it probably summed up what was, nevertheless, a fine example of the Jazz Co-op's attempts to offer a varied program - partly subsidised by the wall to wall throng of pulchritudinous flesh in the downstairs bar. It wasn't an easy choice to make!

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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.)
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