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Bebop Spoken There

Louie Bellson: "When I have to play alongside Buddy[Rich] I have to pull out all the stops, because he plays for keeps all the time--which I think a player should do." - (Crescendo February 1976).

Robin Eubanks: “It was a wonderful time in my life [playing in a funk band], for sure. Having girls scream at you when you’re 15 or 16 was kinda cool.” – (Jazz Times October 2014).

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Today Wednesday October 22

Afternoon
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz. Raffles and a jolly afternoon.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES - Porthole, North Shields' Ferry Landing. 1pm. Free.
Laurie Brown is now on tenor and clarinet with Peter Ninnim taking over the drum chair.
Ferry from South Shields quarter to and quarter past. On the hour and half hour coming back.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Sitters in welcome.
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GRAHAM HARDY w. PAUL EDIS TRIO - The Cherry Tree Restaurant Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AE. Tel: 0191 2399924. Free.
Now on Wednesdays with unbeatable food and first rate music.
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BUSKERS NIGHT HOSTED BY RUTH LAMBERT - The Avalon, 26 South Parade, Whitley Bay. 9pm. Free.
All welcome. Keyboards, free buffet, drinks tokens for performers, real ale, real music.
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LEVEE RAMBLERS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
New Orleans style.
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JAZZ AT THE BAY- Cleveland Bay pub, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE 01642 780275. 9pm.
The Teesside Hot Club swinging at the Bay.
Back on November 5.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Farewell Humph

Jazzman, raconteur, writer, historian what can I say that won't be said more eloquently elsewhere? Nothing, except to thank Humphrey Lyttleton for the pleasure he has given me over the years with his music, his books and his sense of humour.
Musically, the band he lead in the 1950s with Tony Coe, Jimmy Skidmore and Joe Temperley, was the one I remember most fondly; I heard them many times at the 100 Club on Oxford Street. I also had the priviledge of playing in the support band at a dance at one of the Durham Colleges. Humph gave me ten bob and asked me to pick Bruce Turner up from Durham railway station and give him a lift to the gig which I did - possibly my greatest contribution to British Jazz.
His autobiography 'I Play As I Please' and subsequent tomes are entertaining, often essential, reading for students of jazz.
Sadly missed.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Made In England

Courtney Pine was perhaps an unusual choice to feature in a BBC program about Holy Island and, by his own admission, the pace of life as an inner city North London jazz musician was far removed from the tranquility of Holy Island (pop. 171). Nevertheless, his plaintive, almost melancholy, soprano sax succeeded in capturing the island's ambience and there was nothing ambiguous about the pairing.
Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell had a more obvious affinity with 'the home of christianity' and, strangely, the pipes didn't sound too far removed from Courtney's soprano. Surely a compliment to two musicians who are both masters of their craft.
I look forward to hearing Courtney's take on Sydney Bechet at this year's Scarborough Jazz Festival.
An amusing footnote. One of the islanders professed a liking for the 'Blue Danube Waltz'. Later, Courtney played his version of the tune. The lady remarked, 'I heard a bit of the Blue Danube in there.'
Not so much a mighty river more a gentle stream!

Take It To The Bridge

I'm never quite certain whether Dave Weisser is a trumpet player who sings or a singer who plays trumpet. Whatever, he does both with enthusiasm and dedication and a degree of restraint. Restraint isn't part of tenorist Ian Trewella's make-up; he goes for the jugular every time. When it gels they make a good frontline; when it doesn't...
It gelled tonight at the Chillingham Arms on "Straight No Chaser", "Airegin" and an original by pianist Barry Ascroft called, I think, "Sam Marguil" inspiration, we're told, from a Caribbean cruise and, perhaps, a bottle or two of San Miguel.
It didn't quite get there on "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" not least because Ian's sax had taken note of the title and surrendered unconditionally. Superglue and elastic bands were called upon to make it better.
As well as the residents there were the usual plethora of sitters-in including Deborah who scatted and Stomped at the Savoy, another tenor player, and a fine triumverate of guitarists in the form of Alex, who also scatted - on a waltz no less - David, and Daniel.
All in all, the best quidsworth in town!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Zoë Gilby Band

Another fine session from Zoë who gave her usual polished performance. 'When Lights Are Low' may have been being 'premiered' but it didn't detract from her rendition and I look forward to it becoming a staple part of her repertoire. 'I'm Beginning to See the Light' and 'Angel Eyes' were two other numbers that hit the spot as indeed did the rest of her program. Noel Dennis (tpt/Flug), Mark Williams (gtr), and Andy Champion (bs) were also on form whilst on drums David Carnegie was his usual solid self. Pleased to see her dad in the audience - he must be very proud.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Quote

When asked how come he could play so well when he was stoned out of his mind, tenor saxist Johnny Griffin replied, "Because I was stoned when I learnt to play!"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Curtis Stigers

I'm not quite sure where Curtis Stigers stands in the jazz hierarchy these days. Buying a Stigers CD is like buying a lottery ticket; a waste of money, a modest return or BINGO! 'Baby Plays Around' is without doubt in the 5 numbers and the bonus ball class; not least for the classy material the disc contains. Such classics as 'Billie's Bounce', Parker's Mood' and 'Centrepiece', the latter featuring his fine tenor playing, sit nicely alongside some tasty standards including; 'Let's Get Lost', 'Everything Happens To Me', 'I Keep Going Back To Joe's' and 'You Are Too Beautiful'. Beautiful is up there with the Coltrane/Johnny Hartman version and Joe's points the direction from which the recent Ian Shaw version came. What do you think of Stigers?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'll Remember April

I will remember this particular night in April thanks to a fine set by the ALAN GLENN TRIO at the Chillingham Arms. Nothing too far out, just beautifully executed standards such as 'I Thought About You', 'East of the Sun' and Clifford Brown's 'Sandu'. David Carnegie (dms) and Laurence Blackadder (bs) provided solid backing as well as soloing impressively. It had been a long time since I'd heard Alan and I'd almost forgotten the subtle nuances he brings to every tune. Truly delightful. Prior, Dave Weisser, Ian Trewella and the resident band of men stamped their brand on Horace Silver. Later, a blind guy called Martin also played some swinging piano - 'Making Whoopee' in a blues vein no less!

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"Joshua didn't knock down the walls of Jericho with a saxophone". Wynton Marsalis on the long history of trumpet playing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Jazz

Right there with Liz on this one. The Jazz, whilst it had the unenviable task of attempting to be all things to all men (and women), nevertheless managed to hit that happy medium of covering most persuasions. It was a rare hour that I didn't find at least 45 minutes of excellence. At present it continues on cable and on-line but without any presenters. There is nothing more annoying than to hear a track you like and not know who it is by. What we need is someone to hijack a boat and set up a jazz pirate radio station. What upsets me is that only days before, they were announcing their large listening audience; obviously the bosses at Capital Radio weren't among the listeners and nor, it would seem, were the potential advertisers. How sad that music such as ours is in the hands of the men (and women) in suits.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Gateshead Festival

A free - as in priceless - afternoon at The Sage with most of the 'usual suspects' from The Side Café strutting their stuff. Unfair to single anyone out although Zoë Gilby and Emma Fisk proved that jazz isn't a totally masculine domain; both were brilliant.Splashed out on a Clifford Brown box set; not least because one of the tunes was, you've guessed it, 'You're a Lucky Guy'. Took a lot of photos; They're in the gallery.

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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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