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Bebop Spoken There

Pete Rugolo: "Never feel that you have to set the world on fire in one go. Remember you are going to write a thousand arrangements- (Crescendo August 1993 ).
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Pete Oxley: “I got into jazz when I was about 14 and remember my dad telling me that I’d get bored very quickly, as the music only comprised a few chords that kept getting repeated. My dad was a cathedral organist!” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

Today Thursday March 5

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); Ernie Jackson (dms).
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AZYMUTH - 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £12. 9pm.
Long established jazz/funk band making welcome return to top venue.
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FOLK MEETS JAZZ - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle, NE4 7AD. Free. 8pm
The twain meet! Folkies and jazzers - a chance to discover new directions and alternate genres!
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MAURIZIO MINARDI TRIO - Queen's Hall, Hexham. 8.30pm. £10.
Tour promoting MM's CD Piano Ambulance which I reviewed enthusiastically back in December last year. Good to have him include Hexham in his stop off points.
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GO GO PENGUIN - Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, SR1 3JE. 8pm. £8.. 0191 5142229.
New venue in Sunderland for popular band.
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BUDTONES - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham City. 8pm. £4.
Hard swinging post bop band with vocals.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8.15pm. £3/£2.50.
Maureen Hall and her jazzers. Monthly - Tonight's the night!.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Back March 26
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA w. EMMA WILSON - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith and guests.
Monthly - Back March 26.
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INDIGO JAZZ VOICES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. Free.
Monthly, back March 12.
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PILGRIM STREET SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm. Free.
Hard blowing modern. Monthly - Back on March 12.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA + EMMA WILSON - Catholic Club, Billingham. 7.30pm. £1.
An evening of Jazz and Blues. Monthly back on March 19

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Success for National Jazz Archive ‘Story of British Jazz’ project







The extensive resources of the National Jazz Archive have been opened up by a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The successful three-year project ‘The Story of British Jazz’ has significantly improved public access to the National Jazz Archive’s rich and diverse holdings and reinforced its position as the principal national resource  for jazz heritage in the UK.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Dean Stockdale and Dave Newton at The Globe!

Is this going to be the gig of the year or what?
Jazz returns to music - Thank you Oscar, your work is done.
Jazz Bar - Globe: Sunday March 15 @ 7.30pm.£9.
Lance

King's Hall Preview

Tomorrow (March 5) brings the next installment of the weekly (term time), Thursday afternoon student performances in King’s Hall, Newcastle University. At four o’clock (the students should be up and about by then) a selection of music students will play to their peers and interested members of the public. There will be the usual mix ranging from classical to folk to jazz and more. The jazz performances include Jamie Lawson (piano) and Ed Addo (trumpet) playing Just the Two of Us and When Sunny Gets Blue. And drummer Joe Cromey-Hawke will perform a solo piece written by drum maestro Steve Gadd. Best of luck Joe! Admission to King’s Hall in Armstrong Building is free. The main entrance is on Queen Victoria Road, opposite the RVI.    
Russell. 

Jazz Clubs World Wide

Peter Maguire's brilliant and well intentioned site is one worth supporting - particularly if you travel a lot. However, I found the north east section to be hopelessly out of date. Some venues have closed, some of the buildings have been demolished, in short it needs updating.
Only you can do it!
If your pub/club/theatre/whatever wants to pull in, not only the locals, but the tourist/passing trade then you need to update your entry and, if no longer active, please inform Peter.
After all, if you went to Beach Road in South Shields looking for The Cellar Club you may be a tad disappointed although perhaps not as much as if you'd traveled to Azerbaijan and found the Caspian Club closed (hopefully it isn't).
So really, whilst this is in particular an appeal to north-easteners to update their info, it's in fact a message to the world.
Lance.

Jammin' @ The Caff - March 3

Peter Gilligan (pno); James Robson (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Joe Fowler, David Gray (tmb); Paul Gowland, Jordan Alfonso (alt); Alexis Cairns (ten); Sylvie Heath (fl); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Yuya Honami, Ian Forbes, James Carmichael (dms); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl); Francisco ? (pno).
(Review by Lance).
As the above roll of Honour indicates this was quite a night! Close your eyes and it was easy to imagine you were at a 1940s JATP gig in downtown Los Angeles rather than a 2015 jam in downtown Newcastle 

Did You Go Agogo?

(Recollection by Roly)
I've just been down memory lane checking out a few links on Club Agogo at the Handyside Arcade, Percy Street.
I was in Percy Street today shopping and it brought it all back.
I seem to remember going towards the back of the arcade then up some stairs onto a higher level then into a doorway and up more stairs into the club. There were two rooms - one on the left with a stage for band and dance floor. To the right a more intimate room to sit and listen. The walls were painted with luminous paint that glowed in the dark - it was a New York skyline with all the famous NY clubs named.  It had great atmosphere and it was very exciting to go there and hear some great R’n’B bands. This would be in the mid 60s.  

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Three Days and Counting to the Big Band Event of the Year!

(Preview by Russell)
Friday evening (March 6) sees the launch of the twelfth annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival at Sunderland University Student Union. The three day event is staged at North Shore on Charles Street near the National Glass Centre. Big bands travel from all four corners of the UK to engage in friendly, but intense, competition. The standard of musicianship is extremely high across the board – schools, youth and senior sections.

CD Review: Phil Donkin – The Gate

Phil Donkin (double bass), Ben Wendel (tenor saxophone), Glenn Zaleski (piano) & Jochen Rückert (drums)
(Review by Russell)
From Sunderland to London to New York and on to Germany – bassist and composer Phil Donkin has travelled the jazz world. The Gate is Donkin’s debut release as a leader. Recorded in Brooklyn, NYC during August 2013, it is only now, some eighteen months on that the CD sees the light of day.

Folk Meets Jazz @ the Globe: Coming This Thursday March 5, 8pm

This Thursday, all are invited to play/listen to both Folk and Jazz music at the Jazz Coop’s open mike evening at the Globe.  Come along and sing, play or listen.  PA, piano and drum kit provided – simply bring your instrument or voice.  Everyone who wants to perform will get their chance. 
All WELCOME FREE ENTRY  GOOD COMPANY  GOOD MUSIC  WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?
Ann Alex.

CD Review: Mal Waldren Trio - Soul Eyes


Mal Waldron (pno);  Reggie Workman (bs); Andrew Cyrille (dms) + Steve Coleman (alto - two tracks); Joe Henderson (ten - one track); Jeanne Lee (vcl - two tracks); Abbey Lincoln (vcl - two tracks).
(Review by Lance)
I was lucky enough to win this CD in the raffle at a recent JNE gig and, compared to most of the review discs I get from near and far, this is akin to either hitting on 5 balls and the bonus ball or the blonde who lives across the street! So, with poetic licence, I will pitch this into the arena as a CD of the month contender.
It was recorded in 1997 - a very good year!
Waldron has  always been a fascinating player and, with assists from Henderson, Coleman, Lee and Lincoln,  this is a disc for the wannabees to listen and learn from!
It goes on the car player tomorrow - the highest possible accolade!
Lance.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Splinter @ the Bridge present Tipping Point – March 1

James Mainwaring (sax); Matthew Bourne (keyboards); Mick Bardon (bass); Joost Hendrickx (drums). 
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
A British contemporary super group of sorts. Captain Mainwaring of Roller Trio, Mick Bardon of Shatners Basson , Joost Hendrickx of Shiver and Matthew Bourne the doyen of free piano improvisation joined forces to form Tipping Point. The band, a fairly introspective bunch, as is their music at times, communicated with the audience  only via their music (I got to find out the names of the pieces played by asking James to write them down for me at the end of the evening).

Book Review: The Best Gig in Town - Jazz Artists at the White House 1969-1974 by Edward Allan Faine

There's no shortage of jazz literature - I've a floor to ceiling wall full of them (interspersed with Chandler and Elmore Leonard) - so do we really need more?
If the tome is unique then the answer is yes.
This book is unique.
Much has been written about Richard Nixon's Presidential time in office - Watergate and all that jazz or, to be more precise, Watergate without all that jazz.
Here the jazz is given centre stage and, although Watergate is touched on, emphasis is on the bands, artists, and distinguished guests of honour who appeared in the East Room.

GIJF

Just a reminder of the goodies lined up for this year's Gateshead International Jazz Festival (April 10-12).

CD Review: Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier - Chasing Tales.

Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier (gtrs).
(Review by Lance)
The guitar duo has been an interesting offshoot of the jazz mainstream for most of the past century thanks to such legendary names as Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough, George Van Eps, George Barnes, Bucky and John Pizzarelli and, in this country, Albert Harris and Ivor Mairants. As recently as Saturday night at the Jazz Café in Newcastle Roly Veitch and Giles Strong maintained the tradition of their predecessors.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. Mar 1

Neil Hunter (vocals), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Alan Thompson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Geoff Owens (keyboards), Bob Garrington (guitar), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Cluny. First Sunday in the month. Doors 12:30pm. The place heaving by 1:00pm. The Smokin’ Spitfires were in town. The Temptations, Bobby Bland, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett. A Memphis Stax Soul Survivors’ shindig. Neil Hunter and one or two of the ‘boys’ have been at it a long time. The same Neil Hunter who fronted the north east’s big soul band par excellence, the Eastside Torpedoes (back in the day).

February Favourites

February's vocal gig of the month: Jason Isaacs at Hoochie Coochie closely followed by Lindsay Hannon at the Jazz Café.
Instrumental gig of the month:Tom Green Septet at the Jazz Café closely followed by the Dean Stockdale Trio at the Globe..
These are just some of the events that stood out for me - no doubt others have their own ideas.
Lance

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. February 25

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Tom Lapworth (guitar), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (bass) & Norman Redhead (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Another week at the Chilli. The old hands were on parade. They were joined by guitarist Tom Lapworth (a welcome participant at jam sessions across town). The guitarist’s three friends swelled audience numbers to dizzying heights (three + two + = …at this point the Take it to the Bridge abacus lost count). The West Coast-based (Whitehaven not USA!) Dougie Fielder made the long journey to have a blow. The tenor man chanced the High Pennines’ trail, the worst of the winter behind us.

Roly Veitch & Giles Strong @ The Jazz Café. February 28

Roly Veitch & Giles Strong (guitars) + Ray Burns (harmonica) 
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Two guitars, Great American Songbook, Jobim, Django. One student of jazz guitar took a front row seat, another preferred a back row (chattering class) pew. Jazz Café regulars (an amiable bunch) secured the best available seats, the Saturday night drinking circuit crowd behind them at the bar (chatter, chatter).

Redemption Jazz @ The Globe, Newcastle. Feb. 28

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (pno); Keith Tulip (6 string bs gtr); Martin Wake (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Wham! Bang! Thank You Mam! The powerhouse that is Redemption Jazz take no prisoners - musical aggression is their forte, triple forte to be precise. They deal out excitement by the truckload and it is a rare bird who isn't carried along in the juggernaut's slipstream.
John Hall (not to be confused with his titled namesake) plays fast and furious, his body language that of a slugger, ducking and weaving as though controlled by some invisible strings, preparatory to landing the knockout blow - why play one note when ten will do? 

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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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