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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Janisch: “I definitely have a completely different perception of the States on a political level, getting the news over here [in Britain], or just the way Europeans view America that was a big awakening.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

James Moody: “[On practising] If you don't use it, you lose it. And that applies to everything--and when I say everything, I mean everything!” – (Jazz Times March 2004).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.
Anna Reay/Deon Krishnan - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Chare, Newcastle. 7pm(?). Free.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chillingham Herd Stampede

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Darren Grainger (alt), Gary Turner (ten), Steve Summers (ten/sop/ewi), Stuart Davies (gtr), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Mick Danby (, Eric Stutt, Ian Forbes (dms).
Extreme Measures' tenor player Gary Turner took off on "Stella By Starlight" and blew so many choruses I feared the tune would be retitled "Stella By Sunlight." Gary was hot and he kept the mercury simmering around the top end of the thermometer and this was only the opening number! Not that Gary had it all his own way. Steve Summers, part of Saxophonics when he's at home, also blew some booting tenor as well as soaring soprano and a strange electronic wind instrument that had a surprisingly mellow sound.
Darren Grainger returned from surgery and I gather things are improving (click here) - he blew some fiery alto solos.
On guitar this week, Stuart Davies, better known as bass player with Extreme Measures, proved as adept on six strings as he is on four whilst Mick Danby opted for double bass rather than bass guitar. The usual suspects completed the line-up with Ian Forbes giving Eric Stutt a spell.
The final "Blues for Duane" with Dave hollerin' like Screaming Jay rocked. Photos.

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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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