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Roland Kirk: "[On playing 3 horns at once] There might be some guy out in the woods somewhere who we never heard of who did it before me. I do know I'm the first to bring it to the public''- (Down Beat May 18, 1967).

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Diana Krall: "I'll come into the gig for the soundcheck, and guys will ask, 'Where's the piano player?' They don't realise I'm both" - (Down Beat May 1995).

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Today Friday September 30.

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NI1 1SE. 1:00pm. £4.
Evening
Alice Grace Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor, nr. Durham DH7 9RH. 7:30pm. £7.
David Lyttle Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7 (£5 in advance).
George Shovlin & George Lamb ‘An Evening of Blues’ - The Glass Yard, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland. SR6 0GL. T: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £27.50. Three-course meal & welcome drink.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
Anna Reay/Deon Krishnan - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The return of Daniel John Martin!

(Preview by Russell)
Earlier this year Djangologist Mick Shoulder put together a short tour of northern venues working with Daniel John Martin. The County Durham-based Shoulder was taking a new venture on the road – Swing Manouche – and the opportunity to share a stage with Martin wasn’t one to be spurned. Swing Manouche goes from strength to strength and once more DJM will link up with Shoulder, Giles Strong, guitar, and Paul Susans, double bass.
 A run of three dates in the northeast will see Paris-based Martin entertain audiences in an archway, a café and a rural music centre. The violin virtuoso will renew acquaintance in a Gateshead speakeasy with Shoulder on Tuesday (4 October). Prohibition Bar is all things decadent; a converted railway arch space located at the Gateshead end of the Tyne Bridge exudes ‘Jazz Age’ chic. Its discreet entrance belies the 1920s’ delights hidden therein. At eight o’clock sharp guitarists Shoulder and Strong will set the rhythm. Martin will amaze those hearing him for the first time – ‘virtuoso’ scarcely does him justice. An ‘entertainer’, that’s DJM. A brilliant violinist, a singer too, and, perhaps, a whistled tune or two!

SeeNine @ Hoochie Coochie - September 29.

Stephen Wetherall (bs. gtr); Dan Butterworth (dms); Scotty Handy (keys); Ciaran Jasper (alt/ten); Esti Harrison (tpt); Adam Ashbridge (gtr). + Fabio Sousa (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
Student band and you've got 'Rent-a-Crowd'. Boy/girlfriends, course mates, coarse mates, parents, family etc. you've got the audience but, will they come back and, more importantly, will those with less filial/fraternal relationships return?
On this showing, only SeeNine's second gig, I think they will.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CD Review: Square One – In Motion

Joe Williamson (guitar), Peter Johnstone (piano), David Bowden (bass) & Stephen Henderson (drums & percussion)
(Review by Russell)
Four undergraduates met at the Conservatoire of Scotland. They formed a quartet, played some gigs, recorded an EP, and, as recipients of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, recorded a debut CD in April 2016. The band is Square One, the album is In Motion. The band’s publicity suggests the music embraces variously ECM Euro-cool, folk, fusion and, of course, jazz.
Ten tracks, all of which are group compositions, span precisely sixty minutes. Beginning with the title track – Square One – keeps things simple, saying to the listener: This is who we are. Joe Williamson, guitar, Peter Johnstone, piano, David Bowden (double bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) have rapidly developed a collective identity; strong, melodic compositions negotiated with impressive, mature musicianship.

Followed By Thirteen @ The Jazz Café – September 27

André Canniere (trumpet); Esben Tjalve (piano); Henrik Jensen (bass); Antonio Fusco (drums)
(Review by/photo courtesy of – Ken Drew.) 
Opening with Bonza,  Canniere provides a gentle introduction before passing to Tjalve to develop on piano then Fusco on  drums with Jensen providing solid support throughout.  A confident opener for the band giving a flavour of and raising expectations of what was to follow. The Dutch Daneman began with a powerful trumpet lead before bursting into life courtesy of Jensen, Tjalve and Fusco’s driving rhythm. Even at this early point in the concert, the quartet demonstrated a tight interplay and support during the solo sections. The bass was ever present, keeping up with Fusco on drums with his very enthusiastic, yet accurate, playing. With some very intricate rhythms and powerful and exciting drum solo sections, overall the quartet produced a fine cohesive sound.

SeeNine at Eight Thirty Tonight

SeeNine are a new, young, instrumental jazz fusion sextet putting their own spin on classic jazz, funk and modern pop tunes, along with their own compositions. Check them out tonight at the band's favourite music venue - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. On stage circa 8/8:30pm and it's free! 
Lance.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CD Review: Julphan Tilapornputt - Regards to You

Julphan Tilapornputt (guitar), Joe Wagner (tenor sax). Jeong Hwan Park (bass), Ken Ychicawa (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
As a local guitar teacher said to me recently, everybody's a virtuoso nowadays. Julphan is one such guitarist. Originally from Thailand and now resident in New York, he's had an impressive education including a scholarship at Berklee.
However, any new guitarist who wants to make a difference within the Wes Metheny legacy needs to be a writer comparable with Stravinsky, Cole Porter, Duke or Curtis Mayfield.
The alternative is perhaps even more difficult, to create something entirely new when it appears that every possible permeation has been tried.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Interview with Tom Harrison

Bebop Spoken Here talked to saxophonist Tom Harrison about his forthcoming album and his visit to the Jazz Café this Friday (Sept. 30) as part of the David Lyttle Trio
BSH: Tom, although London based, you pop up here quite frequently. I think the first time I heard you was with DAGDA. Is it the semi-tropical weather, the beer or the friendly fan base you like about Newcastle? (Think carefully about your answer).
To be honest probably a combination of all the above! It’s true, I’m certainly partial to a pint of Radgie Gadgie in the rain with good people!

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Sunday September 25:

(Review by Steve T).
Young people may not believe this but as a child I spent four consecutive summer holidays camping in Scarborough; twice. Years later my oldest brother told me our mother invented Scarborough for their second generation of children but all of us, including my older brother and sister make Scarborough a regular destination.
The last time my parents went they stayed at the Grand Hotel where we’d only ever been for the Good old Days, which is now probably the so-called swinging sixties.
I consider it the finest holiday resort in the north and it’s always something of a homecoming.
Work and family commitments meant I could only make the Sunday which I had already decided was my preferred day of the three.

Jazz Files and Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith @ Central Library, Newcastle - an observation.

Made my way through the rain-sodden mean streets of Newcastle to the Central Library which is near enough to the centre of the city to justify its name.
I was checkin' out a dame, Fiona Veitch Smith although she sometimes calls herself Poppy Denby and wears retro clothes.
What was this broad doing in a library? Why wasn't she out reporting for the local rag, taking pictures with her Kodak Brownie? Then it clicked, there wasn't a match (football game) on so what else could she do? Fiona and alter ego Poppy, dropped in to talk about a couple of crime scenarios they, well at least Poppy, had been involved in back in the 1920's - the Jazz Age!

Monday, September 26, 2016

There's more, or maybe less, to Spain than Chick Corea!


John Taylor sent me this shot from Barcelona,
"Not my hotel and no jazz either!"
Which just goes to show that you can't judge a hotel by its frontage. Then again, can you ever believe what a hotel claims in its brochures like General Franco slept here - and maybe the bed linen hasn't been changed since!
Not that this applies to the Hotel Jazz where, I'm sure, everything the visitor could desire is available - 'cept jazz!
Lance.

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Saturday September 24: The Eastern Area Schools Youth Jazz Orchestra

(Review by Russell).
The Eastern Area Schools Youth Jazz Orchestra is a shining example of jazz education at its best. Based in Scarborough, the ensemble performs regularly in Yorkshire and, as and when funds permit, further afield including frequent visits to Wearside to take part in the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival in Sunderland. EASY, as the outfit is known, has become a fixture at Scarborough. This year’s invite included a workshop session with Alan Barnes and Gareth Williams. Christmas comes early to Scarborough! 

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Saturday September 24: Barnes/O’Higgins & the Sax Section

(Review by Russell).
As the Spa festival stage crew prepared the platform for the Alan Barnes/Dave O’Higgins saxophone summit a piano tuner quietly went about his business at the Bösendorfer     grand. This an example of the attention to detail, central to the smooth running of a major jazz festival. The Grand Hall audience took five, the room sweltering on a late September Scarborough afternoon.
Alan Barnes and Dave O’Higgins worked together regularly at the Pizza Express in Soho in the 1980s: ‘every Monday evening for about twelve years’ recalled Barnes. O’Higgins nodded, perhaps pondering the intervening years, one suspects gone in a trice! Here at the 2016 Scarborough Jazz Festival the Barnes/O’Higgins’ Sax Section took to the stage with a casual air, virtuosi ready to go to work. The main men, flanked on their left by Sammy Mayne, described by Barnes as his favourite alto sax player, and on baritone, a favourite of Humphrey Lyttleton, Karen Sharp. To their right, playing tenor sax, Judith O’Higgins.

Tcha Limberger to play Sage Gateshead!

(Preview by Russell)
Multi instrumentalist Tcha Limberger is returning to Sage Gateshead. This Sunday, October 2, Limberger will be in Hall Two with his Budapest Gypsy Orchestra. Belgian born Tcha, of the Manouche tradition, will lead his seven piece band in a programme centred on the folk music traditions of Central Europe. On this current tour Limberger will be playing violin – he is also an accomplished guitarist – alongside fellow string instrumentalists Olah Norbert (viola, or the ‘brac’ bowed alternative), Ruzo Istvan on violin and Szegfu Karoly, double bass.

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 – Saturday September 24: Nicola Farnon Trio

Nicola Farnon (double bass & vocals), Piero Tucci (piano & tenor saxophone) & Phil Johnson (drums)
(Review by Russell)
A beautiful autumnal day on the Yorkshire coast. Scarborough Spa is at its best on a day like this with its enviable waterfront location at the foot of steepling cliffs. Mike Gordon and his team of hard working assistants have refined the workings of a fixture on the jazz festival circuit and this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival, the fourteenth, attracted visitors from far and wide. The festival proper began on Friday, although some had other ideas…     
The 2016 festival began on Wednesday evening at Scarborough Jazz Club’s regular haunt on Cambridge Terrace. The Cask public house hosted Mike Gordon’s house trio – aka the MG3 – working with a three-strong frontline of Yorkshire lad Dennis Rollins, multi reeds man Stuart MacDonald and festival favourite (and compere) Alan Barnes. On Thursday a second session featured Tom Townsend’s eight piece outfit – clearly some just can’t wait for the three days of official action to begin!

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Saturday September 24: SK2 Jazz Orchestra

(Review by Russell)
Things tend to run to time at Scarborough. At quarter past two, to time, MC Alan Barnes introduced the powerhouse SK2 Jazz Orchestra. Drummer Dave Tyas, Yorkshire born and bred, takes his band on the road whenever he can and an invitation to perform at the Spa was readily accepted. An all-Kenton programme (the clue is in the band name ‘SK2’)   enthralled an audience which, near as damn it, filled the hall. Some of those present were, no doubt, at one or more of Kenton’s British concert dates back in ’56.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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