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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "I don't wear a hearing aid on the bandstand. I play by vibrations - it worked for Beethoven" – (Down Beat December 1988).

Ralph Hutchinson: "I thought I'd gone as far musically back home [Newcastle/UK] and I wanted to get ahead of the boys. I wanted to hear Parker and Gillespie and Kenton." – (Down Beat, November 18, 1949).

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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival. (July 1 - 3, 2016.)
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com.
Competion is still open so enter to win a prize worth £283 and have a great weekend!
CLOSING DATE MAY 27!
Programme Details.

Today Thursday May 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd.,Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 OD17. 1:00pm. Free. NOTE NEW VENUE!
Evening.
Tees Hot Club w. Ray Dales (alt); Kevin Eland (tpt); Jeff Aucott (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band – Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth. 7:00pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra – The Ship, Redmarshall, Stockton. 8pm. Free.
Ingrid Jensen Quartet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00.Jazz Café/JNE co-promotion.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. Havana style jam.
Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.00.
Paul Skerritt w. David Ball (guitar) - Jazz @ Mambos. Winchester St., South Shields. 7pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Paul Skerritt: New York! New York!

Today marked the launch of this year’s summer season of direct flights from Newcastle to New York. BBC Newcastle broadcast live from Newcastle International Airport just minutes before the first flight took off for the Big Apple. Vocalist Paul Skerritt could be heard entertaining those lucky passengers prior to boarding singing New York, New York.
The question is: Did Skerritt run across the tarmac and take his seat on board the Boeing 757-200?
Russell.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Preview: Anna Corcoran Band / Robert Vincent @ Jazz Café

(Press release)
Singer-songwriter and pianist Anna Corcoran together with her quartet perform songs from her acclaimed debut album 'Easier Than Falling. A perfect blend of mellow acoustic jazz with hints of pop and soul Anna is often compared to Norah Jones and Sarah Maclachlan. Anna's live sound has been championed by BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music 

CD Review: Peter Edwards Trio - A Matter of Instinct

Peter Edwards (pno/Rhodes); Max Luthert (bs); Moses Boyd (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Edwards graduated with a Masters in Jazz from Trinity a year or two back, toured with the late Abram Wilson and is currently backing singer Zara McFarlane. Here, he is given free reign with a program of his own compositions. Swinging opuses that incorporate the finer aspects of modern jazz piano (and without the grunts associated with jazz pianists and lady tennis players!)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CD Review: Johnny Hunter Quartet - While We Still Can.

Johnny Hunter (dms); Ben Watts (ten); Graham South (tpt); Stewart Wilson (bs).
(Review by Lance).
Johnny Hunter isn't just an A-list drummer but he's also a composer laying to rest the old '3 musicians + 1 drummer = 1 quartet' joke.
This is perhaps more ambitious than previous recordings - quote:  “For a while, I've been fascinated by the music of the Middle East and have found many similarities with contemporary jazz - with this album I wanted to explore some of the traits which draw me to it.

CD Reviews: Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew (son of Jimmy) Garrison - In Movement. Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow - Andando el Tiempo.

 (Review by Steven T)
When I was offered a pair of ECM albums to review I declared upfront that I have a love/hate relationship with the label. I generally hate them but occasionally stumble across one I really like.
Lightweight and boring, meaningless meanderings and pointless doodling claim the no camp, but believers, who like the European classicism, will point out that it's all done with incredible taste, which could be a contradiction in terms.

Monday, May 23, 2016

More on Noel Dennis Trio @ Jazz Cafe - May 20

(By JC).
One of the best things about the new (chaotic) road system around the Central Station and Pink Lane is that a taxi can now drop you off directly outside the Jazz Cafe and there is always something exciting about stepping out into a crowded noisy street and hearing sounds of jazz floating on the air. Opening the door to the Cafe the music hit straight away as the band were in full flow.  As the reviewer says Friday nights at the Cafe have become the place to be and this was a top-notch group, playing at the top of their game. The whole session was great and it was a real buzz to be there.

Norvol Jazz network’s first international tour with Ingrid Jensen starts May 26th

(Press release)
Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is the first featured artist for the new northern jazz network (Norvoljazz) international touring scheme.  We are delighted to feature Ingrid as the first featured artist . Ingrid Jensen will be joined by three stellar UK musicians – Jez Franks on guitar, Andy Champion on double bass and Tim Giles on drums.  In addition to the quartet tour dates, Ingrid will also appear as a guest soloist with Colin Byrne’s Leeds Jazz Orchestra, lead masterclasses with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and will close her time in the UK with a one-off performance at Ronnie Scott’s in London featuring the Engines Orchestra.

Claire Kelly's back in town next month

That delightful songbird, Claire Kelly, currently plying her trade in Malaysia and Thailand, is returning to the north-east for a 9-week sojourn from mid-June to August and is keen to get in a few jazz gigs during that period. Claire appeared at a Jazz Coop gig at The Globe last year and was in fine voice as Ann Alex's review noted. 
So promoters, if you have any slots that need filling, keep Claire in mind. Contact her at ck@randomskills.co.uk
Lance.

Franco’s Birthday..A Night He’ll Never Forget…Or Remember!

By Scott Black
My phone rang. “Hello Scott. This is Franco [Valussi]!” Well I already knew it was Franco because even though he speaks perfect English, he does so with an Italian accent, which is quite common from what I understand if you are born and raised in Italy. Another reason I knew it was Franco is because he is the only person in the world who has my Hong Kong phone number, so that narrowed down the options as well. Franco in a somewhat shattered voice informed me that there was no way he was going to make the job this evening. Hell, I knew that the night before! It was Franco’s birthday. He lives here on the Island of Peng Chau as well and got me set up in the apartment I’m now staying at. We meet at 8:20pm at the ferry for the 8:30 boat into Hong Kong, and within 45 minutes I’ve gone from this wonderful tropical island, to standing at the bar being served my first of the evening by Anita, who pours with a steady hand and a smile. For myself, I simply walk out the door and the ferry is three minutes away. Franco, who lives about a half a mile or so, rides his bike to the ferry and leaves it there with the other 100 bicycles or so that sit near the docks waiting for their owners to return. I wished Franco well and told him I hope he would be feeling better soon. Then I hung up and was getting ready for a refreshing shower before the nightly binge.

Juggernaut Love Band @ Hoochie Coochie - May 22

Daryl Burns/Kerry Green (vox); Dan Smith (alt); Mark Sykes (ten); Dave Wasp (gtr); Liam Gaughan (bs); Jamie Toms (keys); John Musgrove (kit) + Ruth Davy (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
You can't beat a Sunday afternoon of  music at Hoochie. Today we had disco/funk/soul/country/rock/reggae/hip hop/rap/ska/ a whiff of jazz and, probably the only thing missing from this set, was a Gregorian chant although one of those may have turned up in the second set (I left at intermission time having been taken suddenly drunk!)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Alice Grace Quartet @ The Cherry Tree, May 18

Alice Grace (vocals), Pete Gilligan (piano), Paul Grainger (bass) and Russell Morgan (drums)
(Review/photos by JC)
The frenetic and mass produced sameness of the restaurants and bars on Osborne Road in Jesmond has been a mainstay of Newcastle nightlife for a bit too long in my view.  The noisy and youthful hordes that gather there at weekends bring to mind Dorothy Parker's remark while observing a debutante's ball in Yale that 'If everyone in this crowd was laid end to end...I wouldn't be at all surprised'. 
However, for more than a few years now there has been one oasis of great food and music at the city end of the street, the Cherry Tree restaurant, which is just far enough away from the mayhem further up the road to allow one to forget its existence. 

Lindsay Sings the Blues @ Gala Theatre, Durham. May 20.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); John Pope (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Steven T/photo courtesy of Brian Ebbatson).
It was number one son suggested I review this - don't you just loathe them - and, since I don't recall reading one for this regular event, though I know they've been done in the past, I figured it's overdue.
It's another event in Durham that's doing just fine thank you very much with, a rough calculation, ninety-five souls in the afternoon sunshine with a glorious view of the train station and Wharton Park.
I knew they'd love this one; they're a predominantly older crowd of not necessarily Jazz buffs who like nothing better than a good singer, some good songs and a good band.

Last Night @ the Globe - The Alan Glen Trio. May 21

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A warm, sunny, evening, a piano legend with his ace trio, Wylam Gold Tankard on draught, in a perfect world, the Globe was the place to be!
In a perfect world.
Sadly, we don't live in a perfect world.
I couldn't believe such a poor attendance for such a great trio. Downstairs, The Palominos pulled, upstairs the Alan Glen Trio didn't.

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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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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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