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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Brubeck: “The critics who put me down the most asked me to forgive them.– (Down Beat July 2009).

Anita O'Day: “I don't think a singer ever gets so good she can't stand a little professional advice.– (Down Beat July 28, 1950).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Today Tuesday February 9

Afternoon
Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £6 (£5 in advance 0191 2229882). 8pm.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Play More Jazz Course - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. (4 of 10)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Indigo Voices: This Friday Feb 12

Indigo voices are Ann Alexander, Jen Errington, Minnie Fraser, Jenny Lingham, Carrie McCullock.
(Our only male singer, Barry Keating, is on holiday just now)  We perform every 2 months at the Globe, and if you miss us on Friday, you’ll miss a treat.  We sing a varied, lively selection of jazz, swing, blues and bossa, accompanied by the hugely talented Alan Law on piano, whom many readers will have heard in other bands such as the Safe Sextet and Havana Club 5.
So be there for a 7.30pm start, and what’s more, it’s free entry.  Why miss out?

Ann Alex 

Burt, Champion & Mwamba @ The Bridge Hotel February 7

George Burt: Guitar, Andy Champion: Bass, Corey Mwamba: Vibes. 
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
This was improvisation at its most improvised. Three consummate musicians, mutually inspired, produced two fascinating sets, although to be honest, I didn’t recognise any of the tunes. Corey Mwamba seems to play the Vibes like nobody else I’ve ever seen. Besides using various combinations of mallets he extracts sound using his hands, fingers, a bit of rope and even his breath. Not to be outdone Champion the Wonder Bass employed the bow and a mallet on his double bass to great effect. Burt also has an unusual instrumental style seeming to hit the guitar strings rather than strum them. What amazes me as a non-musician was how quickly the guys were able to pick up what their fellow band mates were doing. They were then each able to empathise, improvise and augment what was going on. Absolutely fascinating and not only did the good sized audience seem to thoroughly enjoy it but the trio also seemed to revel in their creative comradeship. It may not be Bebop but it was certainly tiptop.
Steve

Monday, February 08, 2016

Equinox for the Quakerhouse

Four Leeds College of Music students head up the road to Darlington to play a gig at Darlington Jazz Club on Sunday (February 14). Drummer Abbie Finn is from around these parts and will surely show her band mates the lay of the land. The Quakerhouse, tucked away in Mechanics’ Yard, is as good a place as any to start. A proper pub, the Camra awards adorning the walls are testament to its popularity and good beer. There must be a beer drinker in the band, they can’t all be new breed student tee-totallers!

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Andy Lawrenson Trio - February 6

Andy Lawrenson (violin, vocals); Simon O’Byrne (guitar, vocals); Paul Carroll (upright bass, piano) + Also guests Stu Finden (soprano sax) Fiona Finden (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This was described by the band as their Stephane Grappelli show, so we held on to our hats (should it be berets?) for an evening of stonking, swinging Grappelli/Reinhardt gypsy jazz.  A large audience (donate more chairs?) heard such numbers as My Dear Mr Shane (Mei Bir Mist Du Schoen), sung by Andy; Tea For Two, with its beautiful verse from the guitar, main theme from a luscious-sounding violin, and loads of improvisation all round.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

CD Review: Avishai Cohen - Into the Silence.

Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yonathan Avishai: piano; Eric Revis:bass; Nasheet Watts:drums; Bill McHenry tenor sax
(Review by Steve H).
Avishai Cohen is one of my favourite musicians of all time so I was very excited when asked to review this CD. As a poignant Miles Davis style solo emerged from the speakers I checked the album cover to find this rather beautiful trumpet player was indeed Avishai Cohen. What an amazing talent not only is he a world class bassist, composer, arranger and occasional pianist he is also a trumpet virtuoso as well. Somehow I didn’t think this was possible and further research led me to the happy discovery of ‘the other’ AC.

EP Review: Kathryn Lowdon and the Soul Engineers - Cake.

Kathryn Lowdon (vcl); Paul Gowland (saxes); James Harrison (pno); Katy Trigger (bs); Steve Doyle (dms); Jasmine Storey, Michael Littlefield (backing vocals).
(Review by Lance).
I close my eyes and I'm in Detroit or maybe Philly or East St. Louis. I open them and find, to my amazement, I'm still on Tyneside which is just as well as Kathryn Lowdon and the Soul Engineers will be launching their debut EP Cake at Hoochie Coochie on Feb. 21. Listen to Cake with your eyes closed and you too will be eating soul food in a downtown diner.

CD Review: Ira Hill - Tomorrow.

Ira Hill – vocals; John Proulx – piano; Kevin Axt – bass; Dave Tull – drums; Craig Fundyga – vibes; Doug Webb – saxophones; Alex Acuna – percussion; Ramon Stagnaro – guitar; Cheryl Bentyne – vocals.
(Review by Debra M.)
Although just 19 years old, the young American Ira Hill has immersed himself in the vocal jazz tradition of the latter half of the 20th century.  Based in Phoenix, Arizona, and mentored by Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland and Grammy-nominated pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts,  Cheryl  Bentyne,  of Manhatten Transfer, was so impressed by him at a jazz singing workshop in LA, she went on to produce  Tomorrow,  his debut album. 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Jazz North East @ The Black Swan present a Women Make Music Event February 4 ENTROPI + SHELLY KNOTTS & MARIAM REZAEI DUO

Entropi Dee Byrne (saxophones); Andre Canniere (trumpet); Rebecca Nash (keys); Olie Brice (bass); Matt Fisher (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The first musical offering of JNE’s second ‘Women Make Music’ event got off to a great start at The Black Swan on Thursday night with Dee Byrne’s Entropi. I reviewed this band very favourably last year on these pages so I was really looking forward to this gig. I wasn’t disappointed as the band seem to have become even more accomplished in the intervening months.

Havana Club 5 Turn Them Away!

Roving reporter Tony Eales called in at Durham’s Empty Shop to hear Havana Club 5. Eales arrived early which was just as well because it was more than a full house at the Framwellgate Bridge venue. Every seat taken, others relegated to the bar, many turned away altogether…clearly, the Empty Shop is doing something right!
The next jazz gig at no. 35c Framwellgate Bridge sees the Redemption boys in town on Thursday 18 February. Get there early – it’s an eight o’clock start – would appear to be sound advice!         
Russell.

RIP Tony Raine

Just before Beryl Bryden died in July 1998 she came to Ashington Jazz Club (not to sing) but with her pianist Tony Raine (real name Ramm?). He was a non-reader but could put a jazz style to any tune. Tony was from Newbiggin and has been in a care home there for quite a while. He has now passed away. He was a great character and played piano in some of the London gangland clubs in the 60s. He was reputed to have had Louis Armstrong's gold ring. The funeral takes place on Wednesday and I intend to go to represent the jazz community.
John T.

CD Review: Ken Peplowski - Enrapture

Ken Peplowski (clt/ten); Ehud Asherie (pno); Martin Wind (bs); Matt Wilson (dms/perc.)
(Review by Lance)
Any disc by Peplowski arrives like a breath of fresh air. Shaw/Goodman/DeFranco encapsulated as one - a clarinettist capable of cherishing the past whilst living for today. On tenor he exudes the feeling only the best can achieve, Not as effusive as Webster or Hawkins nor as Cool as Getz, maybe Zoot is nearest - ie the best of both worlds eg: Our Love Affair from the film An Affair to Remember is certainly one to remember for the above mentioned qualities.

Friday, February 05, 2016

GINA SOUTHGATE @ Newcastle Arts Centre - ‘Woman Paints Music’ February 4.

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Jazz North East’s second ‘Women Making Music’ series, following from their marvellously successful 2015 inaugural series, got off to a flying start with a solo exhibition by Gina Southgate entitled ‘Woman Paints Music’.  Gina’s art features paintings of Jazz gigs which are painted in situ during live performances. The majority of paintings on display are of musicians from the ‘Free’ jazz scene many of whom I have had the privilege of seeing in Newcastle over the last few years such as Laura Jurd, Rachel Musson, Trio Riot, The Necks and The Cookers.

GOGO PENGUIN Announce debut album for Blue Note Records and national tour!

(Press Release)
It’s been an astonishing couple of years for Manchester based trio GoGo Penguin (drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth). Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen them shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and fuelled their exhilarating live shows from Manchester to Montreal and Paris to London. 

TEAM CYCLES ANNOUNCE SPONSORSHIP OF GATESHEAD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

(Press Release)
Sage Gateshead is proud to announce Team Cycles as headline sponsor of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2016. The festival, now in its 12th year, runs from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April 2016 and brings together artists from the UK, European and International jazz scene, hotly-tipped emerging talent and exciting cross genre artists. Based in Gateshead, Team Cycles are a leading North East bike store, workshop and cycling accessories company.

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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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