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Bebop Spoken There

Roland Hanna: "To me, music is a sort of a help-mate for human beings to get through life with; it's a valve for us to release some of the pressure that builds up." - (Crescendo June 1980).

Rodney Whitaker: “I started playing jazz because a neighbor saw me carrying my upright bass home, and he made me know how important it was that I was part of a legacy – informed me about Paul Chambers and Ron Carter.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

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Today Sunday November 23.

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in "The Park".
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Fourth Sunday in the month jam aimed at both seasoned jammers and those knocking on the door. Today's the day!
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SOLO JAZZ - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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DEAN STOCKDALE TRIO.- The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm. £4/£2.
Fortnightly - and it's TODAY with an Oscar Peterson tribute!
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm.£6.50.
Bubble Foundation fundraiser. Monthly, first Sunday. Back on December 7.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, second Sunday back on Dec. 14.
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Evening.
VASILIS XENOPOULOS w. PAUL EDIS TRIO- Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £6.
Monthly - Tonight's the night and it promises to be quite a night!
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SEAN NOONAN w. the SUWALKI STRING QUARTET - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm.
A JNE "Straight Ahead" gig featuring drums and a string quartet
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TIM KLIPHUIS w. TRIO GITANE - The Witham, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY. 7.30pm. £10/£8.
Hot Club fiddler from Holland. Looks good.
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FUMI OKIJI'S OLD TIME JAZZ BAND - Holy Trinity Church, Matfen, Northumberland, NE20 0TF. £10/£6. 7.30pm.
Fumi and her men continue to spread the word...
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back in December.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Back on Dec. 7.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jazz Coop At The Globe: Folk Meets Jazz: Saturday Nov 22

Landermason : Fiona Lander ( vocals, keys, saxes, clarinet, whistles, even a shakey egg);
Paul Mason (vocals, guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex).
This event was something of an adventurous experiment to combine jazz with folk music, and it worked folks!  A double header with Landermason playing the first set, with their blend of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and other styles, such as a touch of ska on the guitar.  
Fiona grew up listening to classical music and jazz whilst Paul hails from the glam rock bands of the 1980’s.  The duo gave a hugely enjoyable set to a sizeable and appreciative audience.  
When The Boat Comes In had a skilled jazzy piano and a folksy ending – sounds odd in writing but it works well musically.  Then came Take Five on guitar and whistle; a local song The Shoemaker, followed by Words Unsaid, with good jazz piano and a clarinet solo in true jazz tradition.  Other numbers included In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; Working Man Blues (Paul took the vocals, accompanied by clarinet and shakey egg); a Fiona original, The Mirror, a bebop style song with a bit of scat; a haunting song, Somalia.  And all most splendidly rounded off with a fast folksy instrumental, The Bellingham Stomp.  The band hails from Bellingham, so go there to see more of them. 

DVD Review: Fred Hersch - My Coma Dreams

Michael Winther (actor/singer); Fred Hersch (pno); Ralph Alessi (tpt); Adam Kolker (reeds); John Hébert (bs); John Hollenbeck (dms) + string quartet inc. Joyce Hammann (vln/vla); Dave Eggar (cello).
(Review by Lance).
Jazz/theatre filmed live at Columbia University and released in Honour of World's AIDS Day (Dec. 1) with all proceeds going to the Benefit Treatment Action Group.
The story involves a renowned jazz musician with HIV/AIDS, in near-fatal septic shock, who is rushed by his partner to Manhattan's St. Vincent's Hospital where doctors place him in a medically induced coma. Over the next two months, he enters a highly personal dream world, full of vivid experiences of confinement and release, of surreal comedy and ineffable beauty. Meanwhile, his partner fights through panic and despair to try to reach out to him across the gulf of conciousness, while negotiating the real world complexities of his medical care.
That's the plot folks.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Things Ain't What They Used to Be!

Doing some late night Christmas shopping I called into a long established Newcastle music store - one I'm not totally unfamiliar with - the object being to buy a Curtis Stigers CD for a friend. I browsed alphabetically through Jazz/ Rock & Pop/Easy Listening - even World Music! No sign of Stigers, C.
I approached the bright looking young chap behind the counter and asked him where I could find Curtis Stigers. He looked blank, I was half expecting him to say that Mr Stigers is on a tea break but then he turned to a computer screen - "How do you spell his second name?" He asked.
"S-T-I." I began then said, "Ah forget it!" and turned on my heel and left.
The store's motto used to be "If you can't get it at ......... you won't get it anywhere".
Haven't heard it said recently... 
Lance.

Vasilis Xenopoulos with the Paul Edis Trio @ Opus 4 Jazz Club. November 21

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Vasilis Xenopoulos was taking no chances. On his last visit to the Traveller’s Rest in Darlington he made it in the nick of time (seven hours on the M1).This time, London-Darlington by train appeared to be a better bet. Vasi X (typing Xenopoulos a number of times could result in a case of rsi) arrived in good time (3:30pm!) and took time out to check-out Darlington town centre (TK Maxx a major attraction).
The Traveller’s Rest is a comfortable roadhouse pub in Cockerton on the outskirts of town. The Ferryhill Brewery a guest at the bar, talk of jazz, festivals, birthdays, a lost wallet, a pleasant way to spend a half hour or so waiting for Vasi and co. to complete their soundcheck in the upstairs room. A queue formed long before the doors opened, winding its way down the stairs. A queue at a jazz gig!!! The place was packed, beer flowed, jazz deity looked down from the walls – Dizzy, Lady Day, Tubbs, Zoot et al – ready to commune with the Greek God of Xenopoulos.

More from Durham University Big Band

Durham University Big Band presents A Jazzy Christmas 2 in aid of  Durham Foodbank
The gig you have all been waiting for is back.
Let the Durham University Big Band get you swinging into the Christmas spirit with a snowdump of ridiculous big band arrangements of your favourite yuletide tunes, as well as a sprinkling of classic and contemporary (non seasonal) charts.

Jazz UK to cease publication immediately.

Jazz Services has issued the following press release:
Following the withdrawal of its NPO status in the last round of Arts Council England funding, Jazz Services has been working hard both internally and externally.  This has involved consulting with the wider public, continuing its encouraging discussions with the Arts Council England and other related parties and most recently undertaking a comprehensive organisational review.
These results of these activities have informed several key decisions about the organisation’s present and future endeavours, and to coincide with its 30th anniversary in 2015, Jazz Services is now developing a new and revitalised business model that will ensure it can continue working with and for the UK’s jazz scene beyond the end of March next year.

Friday, November 21, 2014

John Wilson Orchestra - Cole Porter in Hollywood. Sage Gateshead.

John Wilson (cond/md/arr etc.); Anna-Jane Casey/Scarlet Strallon/Matthew Ford/Richard Morrison (vcls); +full orchestra).
(Review by Lance).
A lovely afternoon listening to some of Cole Porter's finest songs expertly arranged by John Wilson (of Gateshead) and sung by four of the finest interpretors of the idiom.
BSH's Elizabeth of York (AKA as Liz) had made the journey north and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
This wasn't a jazz gig, although there were one or two tasty sax/clarinet breaks and I think I recognised Colin Oxley on guitar, but the music of Porter is timeless and has fuelled the repertoire of most jazz musicians.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle.


Benn Clatworthy (ten); Cecilia Coleman (pno); Simon Thorpe (bs); Matt Home (dms).
(Review by Lance).
They were skating in Times Square [Newcastle version] but I had no time to stop and watch. The Globe beckoned and I knew that the combination of two of Britain's finest on bass and drums, coupled with an American pianist and an Anglo-American tenor player, meant that seats would be at a premium in the compact, yet cosy, Jazz Co-op venue. Earlier, I'd passed Fenwicks department store and the queue just to look in the window was a mile long. Optimist that I am, I envisaged just such an eager throng clamouring to get into The Globe.
I was wrong - sadly I was very wrong.

Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo Piano Recital @ Sage Gateshead. November 19.

(Review by Steve H.)
In terms of purity of sound, this piano recital by the legendary South African Abdullah Ibrahim was possibly the best I have ever experienced. The vast stage of Hall 1 was laid bare aside from the ceentrally positioned grand piano. With  not even a microphone in sight it doesn’t get more acoustic than this.
Over the last 30 years have I have seen Abdullah Ibrahim in every possible grouping from solo artist to dectet each combination providing its own unique performance. Wednesday evening's concert took the form of a mesmerising solo performance from the youthful Octogenarian pianist. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Election Time - Vote Now!

Following hot on the heels of the results of the 2014 British Jazz Awards, the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more.
BSH regulars will, I'm sure, give us their support in the Jazz Media Category (Best Blog etc.) But this is also an opportunity to draw attention to some north east talent worthy of greater recognition by the rest of the country.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

THE 2014 BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS: THE RESULTS

 Known as the Jazz Oscars, The British Jazz Awards have been presented every year since 1987 and have long been established as the most important jazz awards in this country.
A total of 53,738 votes were cast by 3822 voters, with the most votes for a winning musician in any category going to Mark Nightingale who won Best Trombone with 1423 votes.

Jam Session @ Jazz Café - November 18.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr) + Paul Gowland (alt); Yuya Honami (dms); Kath Jobes, Ann Alex (vcl); ? (fl).
(Review by Lance).
The students were out in force tonight. Noisy, boisterous, but, nevertheless, adding a welcoming ambience that surely served to draw the passing stranger inside. Nothing more forbidding to the curious than the sepulchral silences that pervade at some gigs.
Johnny Mandel's Emily set the scene. Cool and relaxed in 3, the 4 on stage gave a 5 star performance and this was but the beginning. Mancini's Two For the Road didn't raise the game but it didn't lower it either.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scots recreate two classics – with strings attached

(Preview by Rob Adams)
Scottish saxophonist Paul Towndrow and trumpeter Ryan Quigley will recreate two historic recordings in concert on Thursday, November 27 when they perform the music from Charlie Parker with Strings and Clifford Brown with Strings at Adelaide’s Auditorium in Glasgow.
Towndrow and Quigley will take the roles of Parker and Brown respectively, accompanied by an eleven piece chamber orchestra and a jazz rhythm section, in a concert that marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Parker’s first recording session with strings under the guidance of legendary record producer and Verve Records founder Norman Granz on November 30, 1949.

Paul Skerritt Band @ Fenwicks, Newcastle

How do you do a review of a gig without any seating? After great difficulty getting into the building I eventually found the band in the lighting department - not in any of the cafés as advertised. It was a passing audience! For a while I sat on one of the sofas in the adjoining  furniture department but got some bad looks from one of the assistants and moved on. 
As usual the band sounded great - but how many of the punters where there for the music? It all became overcrowded by shoppers - there for what was a money off promotion evening. Just a shame the band were not on the stores music system and we could have heard more from them. As the picture shows it was a truly enlightening experience.
John T.

Monday, November 17, 2014

RIP Buddy Catlett.

American bassist Buddy Catlett died on November 12. A contemporary of Quincy Jones was a well respected musician who played in many well known big bands and small bands including Count Basie and Freddie Hubbard.
He was 82.
RIP.
Obituary.
Lance.

Pete Churchill Workshop @ Durham on Nov. 27

On Thursday 27th November Durham University Big Band will welcome Pete Churchill to workshop a number of pieces with them.  Pete Churchill is renowned for his jazz education.  He lecturers in jazz composition at the Royal Academy of Music, and has inspired countless school children across the country with his innovative large scale singing projects.  He is the musical director of the London Vocal Project which has collaborated with Kenny Wheeler on the album 'Mirrors'.  His busy freelance career has included work for almost a decade and a half as the  British accompanist for the legendary jazz singer Mark Murphy and collaborations with, amongst others, Norma Winstone, Stan Sulzmann, John Taylor and Julian Arguelles.  He conducted the 80th birthday tour of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band which culminated in the critically acclaimed album 'The Long Waiting'.  
Durham University Big Band are delighted to be able to work with Pete.  They invite anyone who is interested to watch the workshop from the Music Department (Palace Green) Concert Room Gallery at 8pm.  Free Entry
This event is supported by PwC.
Luke Bentley
Durham University
Big Band 
Public Relations Officer

Jason Isaacs @ Bonbar, Newcastle. November 16.

Jason Isaacs (vcl/ten); Mark Webb, Darren Irwin (tpt); Dave Brock  (tmb); Lewis Watson (ten); Ray Dales (alt); Stuart Collingwood (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Simon Ferry (dms) + The Fenner Sisters, Dorothy Ellis (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
There was a buzz about Bonbar as I exited the rain-swept mean streets into the glitzy interior of what was once the very majestic Old Assembly Rooms. There were a few distingué traces on the faces of those in the bar where, the tannoy was playing Fats Waller's version of Two Sleepy People followed by Ella and Louis duetting on  Dream a Little Dream of me.. Never experienced that before!
The women were in their LBDs, - some more L than others - the men had the the cool, clear (ish) eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth.
The mood was set, the food served and the wine approved, all that remained was the cabaret...
Wow!

CD Review: Jeremy Platt Jazz Soul Moment - Sometimes Saying Your Name.

Jeremy Platt (piano/microkorg/vocal); Frank Felix (bass); John Boulton (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Platt's professed influences are Les McCann and Ramsey Lewis. I would be tempted to maybe add Mose Allison and early Georgie Fame, particularly on the vocal tracks.  Reminiscent of the earthy piano styles that found success in the 1960's, but updated with the measured incorporation of some synth lines, this is an easy album to listen to, by which I don't mean "Easy Listening," but a disc that doesn't require a degree in extra sensory perception to discover the elusive beauty of the music.

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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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