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Bebop Spoken There

Billie Holiday: “I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know.– (Down Beat November 1, 1939).

Bunny Berigan: “We know that there are plenty of swing fans in the country wanting it--and we propose to give it [swing] to them.– (Down Beat May, 1938).

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 Friday February 12

Afternoon
Andrea Pattison/Dean Stockdale - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free. 4:30pm.
Graeme Wilson Quartet - Gala theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Evening
Not Now Charlie/Saxophonics - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. £5/£3 (conc), 9pm.
Northern Monkey Brass Band - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £5. 9pm.
Swing Manouche w. Daniel John Martin - Queen's Hall, Hexham NE46 3LS. £10. 8pm. 01434 652477.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
Anth Purdy ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ - Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead. NE8 2BA. 8:00pm. Free.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paul Edis/Roly Veitch Quartet @ Blaydon Jazz Club

Paul Edis (pno), Roly Veitch (gtr), Neil Harland (bs), Billy Shield (dms).
Another one of those charming miniatures that Roly Veitch so expertly puts together.
Last month it was the trio with Noel Dennis & Neil Harland, This time around a quartet co-led with Paul Edis with Neil on bass and Billy Shield drums.
The room had a respectable sized crowd who listened intently to the opening "I Hear A Rhapsody". Intently was the operative word as, volumewise, Roly's amp was set on one of those low digit numbers that few guitarists know exist.
However, the dial was given a clockwise turn or two for "Dream Dancing" and at last we could hear the tasteful runs and phrases along with the well chosen chords to compliment Paul's piano.
"Jordu", "Cottontail", "Django", "Sultry Serenade" - a real gem - "Donna Lee" and "A Child is Born" were some of a well chosen selection of jazz standards along with some not unduly overdone tunes from the gasbook such as "Darn That Dream" and Jan Savitt's "It's A Wonderful World."
There were also a couple of originals from Paul - a boppy "Charlie's Line" that in places reminded me of a sailors hornpipe as played by Charlie Parker - and a more sensitive opus entitled simply "Dedicated to the Duke".
Paul was also featured on solo piano playing a cleverly interwoven medley of "Surrey with The Fringe on Top", "Blue on Green" and "'Round Midnight."
Neil Harland, as ever excelled on bass his melodic lines and steady accompaniment absolutely gelled.
On drums, Billy Shield kept it simple yet effective.
It was a good gig even though Roly didn't do any crooning - his lyrical phrasing on guitar made up for it. Photos.
Lance.
PS: Catch Roly on 29th August @ Boston Spa with Keith Stephen's Gypsy Jazz Trio.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the nice review Lance. It's a moot point re volume level. So much music now is at high volume, it seems to me low volume can sometimes have more impact. Just got back from an unavoidable trip to Metro Centre - even high class stores now have loud music blasting out endlessly. I hate it.
    (then my wife grumbles about me moaning on about it). I wonder how much all this saturation affects people's inclination to go to live music events? If it wasn't for my particular interest in music I think I'd be trying to escape from it. As I sit here the proverbial jobbing builder's radio is blasting out. Loud radio seems part of the job spec for these guys. Oh for peace and quiet.
    And three cheers for Ed Bickert.
    http://sardine.tripod.com/bickert.html
    Roly

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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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