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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Terell Stafford: “I came to jazz very late, in my second year of graduate school at Rutgers University. I thought pursuing it would make me a better classical trumpet player.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Today Sunday November 29

Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Alix Shepherd (Solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Gala Big Band - Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. 03000 267200.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. Doors 7pm. £5.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tonight @ The Globe

Tonight's Jazz Coop monthly trad session at the Globe features the ever popular Vieux Carré Jazzmen. Doors are at 7pm and stomp off will be circa 7:30pm.
A snip at a fiver.
Globe Jazz Bar, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.
22 or 12/12a bus takes you there.

News Flash!

George Benson is to play Sage Gateshead on June 21, 2016. Tickets are £67/£57/£47 and are selling very fast!

Pete Gilligan/Chris Jelly Duo @ the Jazz Café - Nov. 28

Pete Gilligan (pno); Chris Jelly (vbs).
(Review, b&w photo, by Lance/colour photo courtesy of  Mike Tilley).
There have been many Saturday night duo sets at the Jazz Café - some worked well and some not so well. This surprise pairing was most deffo of the former variety - Gilligan and Jelly, gelled.
After an opening Blues in F to warm-up (and with the weather outside we all needed warming up!) the temperature rose by the note. Sonora, by Hampton Hawes, is a longtime Gilligan favourite and I guess it's now one of Jelly's.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

And the winner is…Hoochie Coochie!

Proprietor Warren Thomson must be smiling. On Wednesday evening Hoochie Coochie picked up two awards at the Newcastle Benevolent Awards organised by Licensed Trade International. Newcastle’s classy soul-jazz establishment was overall winner of Best Bar of the Year and also won the coveted Best Live Music Venue award. Congratulations to Warren and co!

Manjula @ The Jazz Café – Nov.27

Vanessa Rani (vocals & percussion), Joe Harris (guitar), Simon Read (double bass) & Sam Bell (percussion).
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Leeds College of Music has cultivated many fine musicians. Many of them find their way to Newcastle to play a gig. At the Jazz Café a new voice captivated the audience. Vanessa Rani possesses a fabulous voice, she’s a natural talent. Working with Ms Rani in the band Manjula are three top notch musicians; percussionist (and reassuring presence) Sam Bell, bassist Simon Read (himself leading a band at a young age) and guitarist Joe Harris.

Keith Morris CD/DVD Launch @ The Jazz Café – Nov 27

An early evening gathering at the Jazz Café was entertained by an opening half hour set by Tango Zapatito. Cello and accordion played as if at a literary salon; music secondary to the greeting, the embrace, the convivial catch-up conversation. They were there for a low-key CD/DVD launch. The late Keith Morris, musician, educator and promoter, was remembered at a concert earlier in the year at Gateshead Old Town Hall. The event was recorded and has now been made available as a CD or DVD to add to your collection. A cast list as long as a slide trombone gave their services at the Gateshead commemorative event including some notable jazz names (Lewis Watson, Neil Harland and Rob Walker to name but three). Archive material – both stills and moving image – filled the screen at the Jazz Café. The memory of Keith Morris will live on. 
(Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley.)   

Friday, November 27, 2015

Belatedly discovering Philip Larkin

Readers may have noticed the preponderance of Philip Larkin comments in the Bebop Spoken There section at the top of the page.
I make no apology for devoting so much space to the late writer and Commander of Honour's quips and observations, Larkin is simply the most humorous of jazz writers and, at times, one of the most perceptive.

Sinatraland - Sage Gateshead. Nov. 26

Claire Martin, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw (vcl) w. BBC Big Band; Mark Nightingale (MD) inc. Martin Shaw, Brian Rankine (tpt); John Higginbotham (tmb); Sammy Mayne, Jamie Anderson, Howard McGill, Jay Craig (reeds); Robin Aspland (pno); etc.
Didn't get the full personnel, it differed from anticipated line-up.
(Review by Lance).
Has the Sinatra Centenary bubble finally burst? judging by last night's poor turn out it may well have. Not surprising as it has been running in one form or another throughout the world since January in halls large and small and it's now almost December in one of the biggest halls of all!*
Claire Martin did the announcing and provided the highlight of the evening with as emotive a reading of In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning as you will hear anywhere. Accompanied by just guitar and bass this was something I doubt if even Frank could have bettered.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

CD Review: Bokani Dyer - World Music.

Bokani Dyer (pno/keys/synth); Shane Cooper (bs); Marion Witbool (dms); Buddy Wells (ten); Justin Bellairs (alt); Robin Fassie-Kock (tpt); Sakhile Moleshe, Lee-Ann Fortuin (vcls); John Hassan (perc/vcls).
(Review by Lance).
Botswana born, South African based pianist, Dyer encompasses the many moods of expression that have embraced and influenced him. From Bach to Soul, from Ellington to Mbira music justifying the somewhat ambiguous album title of World Music.

Tonight @ Sage Gateshead - Sinatraland

(Press release)
Tonight (Thursday 26 November) the BBC Big Band along with three of today’s leading jazz vocalists; Liane CarrollClaire Martin and Ian Shaw perform a unique musical tribute to the 20th Century’s greatest interpreter of popular song at Sage Gateshead.
In a career spanning 60 years Frank Sinatra set the standards, defined and in many cases redefined ‘the great American songbook’.  From his early days with the swing era big bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey to his sold out stadium tours of the 70’s and 80’s, Ol’ Blue Eyes laid down the musical route that his contemporaries would follow, and in the process created a unique sound and style which remains hugely influential in today’s world of music.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Inner Space Music @ the Jazz Café - Nov. 24.

Rachel Musson, Chris Biscoe (reeds); Loz Speyer (trumpet); Olie Brice (bass); Gary Wilcox (drums).
(Review by Steve H)
Yet another superb gig at the Jazz Cafe on Tuesday night; it was Loz Speyer’s Inner Space Music who were the purveyors of this fine fayre. The make up of the band is slightly unconventional with two reeds players and a trumpet. This combination gives a somewhat hard edged feel to parts of the music but some of the harmonies conjured up were simply sublime. 


(Press release)
Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back! As always there’s the best of the UK, European and International jazz scene, hotly-tipped emerging talent and exciting cross genre artists with a programme that truly brings something for everyone. The festival, the UK’s biggest held under one roof, runs from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April 2016 at Sage Gateshead.
We’re proud to welcome back GRAMMY award-winning singer Gregory Porter after his sell out show last year to open this year’s festival.  Saturday night’s stellar double bill opens with leading British saxophonist and festival favourite Courtney Pine with fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman who play the music from their acclaimed album Song (The Ballad Book).  In contrast, trumpeter, composer (renowned for his work on Spike Lee’s movies), and former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Terence Blanchard brings his new quintet, the E-Collective, in a powerful fusion of funk, R&B and rock.

CD Review: Steve Fishwick/Osian Roberts/Frank Basile Sextet - In The Empire State.

Steve Fishwick (tpt); Osian Roberts (ten); Frank Basile (bar); Jeb Patton (pno); Mike Karn (bs); Matt Fishwick (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The CDs drop through the letterbox daily. Sometimes my eyes light up with delight but, more often than not, I groan and wonder, wtf will I make of this!
I'm pleased to say that this album is very much in the former category. In fact it epitomises what this site was primarily aimed at - bebop in the new millennium. Recorded in New York last year after the Fishwick Bros and Roberts, along with New Yorkers Basile, Patton and Karn played several gigs in the Big Apple as part of Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet. 
What a richly deserved accolade for Steve who isn't always given his due as one of the UK's finest jazz trumpet players.

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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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