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Bebop Spoken There

Julien Vedey: "Heads [drum heads] are like women. They are sometimes very bad tempered and sometimes affable, and the less one plays about with them the better the results." - (Melody Maker March 1926). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Shabaka Hutchings: “When I finally grasped what Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins were about it was a massive breakthrough.” – (Jazzwise August 2015).

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Today Sunday August 2

Afternoon
Musicians Unlimited Big Band
- Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Phil Richardson - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Smokin’ Spitfires - Cluny. 12:30pm. £6.50. Bubble Foundation fundraiser.
Play Jazz! Summer School - The Globe. 9:30am. £82.00. Day 2
Lounge Lizards - Millstone, South Gosforth. 4:00pm. Free.
Evening.
OXYD Play Nirvana - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE gig.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

RIP Cilla.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination could Cilla Black, who died today at her Spanish Villa, be seen as having any jazz affiliations although, googling reveals that she was singing with a Liverpool jazz group when she was 'discovered'. Nevertheless, I'm sure that many of us, of a certain age, remember those heady days of pirate radio stations, former jazz clubs that became pop emporiums, Mary Quant, Twiggy, Beatles, Top of the Pops and, of course, Cilla. You don't remember? then you were certainly part of the scene!

CD Review: Indigo Kid II - Fist Full of Notes.

Dan Messore (electric guitar, composition); Trish Clowes (tenor sax); Iain Ballamy tenor sax (tracks 6 & 10); Tim Harries (electric bass); Martin France (drums).
(Review by Steve H).
This is Dan Messore’s second outing with his band Indigo Kid and a fine listen it is too. Nearly all the tunes on the album have strong melodies and the tempo on most of the tracks play out at a fairly gentle pace with the exception of the livelier Carpet Boys, All Hands to Dance and the final piece  Sketches in the Fabric.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Down Beat Hereby Declares…

(Report by Returning Officer Russell)
Down Beat magazine’s annual critics’ poll results are in. Inevitably American musicians dominated, although some British names garnered a healthy number of votes. Vijay Iyer bagged both the ‘Jazz Artist’ and ‘Jazz Group’ awards in the 63rd annual critics’ poll.
A host of other category winners would be ‘dream ticket’ gigs should they ever get as far as Tyneside. ‘Jazz Album’ winner Rudresh Mahanthappa (for Bird Calls) would do good business at Gateshead International Jazz Festival, as would Darcy James Argue. Topping the ‘Big Band’ poll, just ahead of Maria Schneider, imagine either (both!) of these bands at Sage Gateshead! The Cookers were the hit of this year’s festival and their album Time and Time Again placed well, and, no doubt to their amusement, won the Rising Star Jazz Group category. Aye, these young ‘uns will go far!

Musicians Unlimited in Holiday Mood

Tomorrow, Sunday August 2, is Musicians Unlimited’s last weekly session at the Park Inn, Hartlepool, before taking a summer break. The doors open at noon, with the first set at one o’clock. Admission is free. The band returns to action on Sunday September 6.
Russell. 

Hip Hop Spoken Here - Cantaloop @ Hoochie Coochie. July 31.

(Review by Lance)
What's this doing here? Hardly jazz, I hear you say! Hardly, but, then again, hearing the horn solos it could hardly be anything else!
It was a fun night, pulsating rhythms, indecipherable lyrics and a foot tapping groove that would have brought the ceiling down if there were a flat below. Yes, brought the ceiling down but brought the occupants up wanting a piece of the action.

Friday, July 31, 2015

CD Review/Gig Preview: Damian Cook & Sam Dunn - Indian Summer.

Damian Cook (ten/clt); Sam Dunn (gtr).
(Review/preview by Lance)
Damian Cook will be remembered as the reedman from the pit band at the Theatre Royal who, during last Christmas' panto season, dropped by the Jazz Café jam sessions as well as blowing up a storm for the Jazz Coop at the Globe.
The good news is that Christmas has come early this year, not only with the release of a beautifully executed duo album with 7 string guitarist Dunn but also a live session scheduled for the Globe on August 22.

Sam Leak Big Band - Summer Tales and Winding Roads

Trust me - the Big Band is alive and kicking and, in many forms! Sunday saw the NCRO working at the roots of the genre whilst, on Tuesday, the Jonathan Silk Big Band were at the other side of the street. The recent release by DUBB took a middle plus path and tonight, had circumstances not decreed otherwise,  I'd have been digging the SSBB at the Millstone whilst, among my CDs awaiting review, is a very tasty offering by the Jeff Benedict Big Band who sail out of LA and other American jazz ports.
So yes, big bands are far from dead!
This particular YouTube video by the Sam Leak Big Band recorded live at London's Spice of Life (ah the memories!) is comparable with any of this year's crop and stands up well alongside many more famous ensembles.
Lance

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CD Review: Durham University Big Band - overDUBB

Durham University Big Band have digitally released an exciting new album - overDUBB.  Those who have heard the band live at the Jazz Coop, Darlington Jazz Club, Sunderland Big Band Festival (as well as at London's prestigious Pizza Express Jazz Club) will know what to expect. If the band is new to you then now's the time to find out what you've been missing.
Cracking soloists, tight section work and tempos that would suit J.K. Simmons to a T - indeed the Whiplash Theme opens up the album which also includes some distinctive vocals from Laura Paul.
Track listing and personnel can be found by following the link below.
Buy/Listen.
Lance.

Vieux Carré are out and about today

AFTERNOON: The VCJ stomp off at 1.00pm at their regular weekly venue THE MILLSTONE, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, which has been recently refurbished and also has a superb new menu choice. Free. 
EVENING: 'Under the Dome' concert in the inflatable dome on Whitley Bay Plaza with The VIEUX CARRÉ JAZZMEN and The DOO WOP DOLLIES (pictured), a close harmony group who sing the hits of the Andrews Sisters, Boswell Sisters, etc. Showtime 7.00 - 9.00pm. Entry £5. Bar. 
Brian Bennett.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OXYD "Plugged in Nirvana" Summer UK Tour

(Press release)
Paris-based label and collective Onze 
Heures Onze will bring the band OXYD
to the UK this summer for a 3-date tour.  
The band will present their new repertoire
entitled “Plugged in Nirvana” 
(sounds and information below).
The tour starts in Newcastle 
(The Bridge Hotel), continues in London 
(Downstairs @ The Vortex)  and finishes in Manchester 
(Soup Kitchen) as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival

Schmazz presents the Jonathan Silk Big Band @ The Black Swan - July 28









(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
The ethereal, tentative, probing, opening bars confirmed, what the pre-concert blurb had hinted at, that this was to be no powerhouse "hit him in the slats Bob"* big band but more of a contemporary jazz orchestra approach. Not that it was without excitement although some wag sitting at the back, stage whispered "I thought they were still tuning up!" - he left shortly after! It was complex and cleverly arranged without seeming to have been arranged at all. Section pitted against section, not in the traditional call and response format but rather like a 20th century symphonic work whereby contrasting melodic lines complemented each other. Dissonant at times? Yes, but dissonance has come a long way since the Peanut Vendor.

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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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