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Bebop Spoken There

“My one complaint is the guys who go to bed as frustrated trumpet players and wake up the next morning as modern jazz drummers.”Elvin Jones (Down Beat March 24, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives: Greg Abate to Mike Zwerin.

Today Sunday April 20

Afternoon
JAM SESSION - Salsa Café, Westgate Rd., Newcastle. 3pm-6pm. Free.
Come and have a blow!
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MARK WILLIAMS (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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Evening.
PETER GILLIGAN QUINTET - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ. £6. 8.15pm.
A tribute to Horace Silver - recommended.
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ALTER EGO - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
Great modern sounds.
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - McOrville Pub, 34 The Green, Hartlepool TS27 3EF. 6.30pm. Free.
Top vocalist, top backing.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3
Monthly residency - Back May 18
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Off this week - The Forum, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 6pm. £4/£2.
Back next weekend for Darlo Jazz Festival.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Redhouse Farm Pub and Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
First of the month residency for VCJ.
Back on May 4.
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MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in The Park - Easter break back on May 4.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Star is Born - Harley Johnson and Take It To The Bridge @ the Chilli

Harley Johnson (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms), Paul Gowland (ten), Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl). + Barry Ashcroft (pno), Nicola Weaver (alt), Solly Bashiri (dms).
It was billed as the Harley Johnson Trio but in fact it was a quintet and a very good one too!
Hearing Harley, not quite 18, going through the Monk 'songbook' brought to mind the youthful emergence of the late Peter Jacobson back in the 1960s. Both appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, and both combined technique with a disregard for convention. I'm not saying that Harley has reached the Jacobson milestone yet but I feel he is getting closer and closer with each chorus.
Whether he's doing the right thing in being so Monk centred remains to be seen - what is certain is that nobody does it better - at least not in Heaton, Eton or Nuneaton on a Wednesday night.
Eric Stutt and Harley seem to have developed a rapport that makes for some scintillating counterpoint between piano and drums whilst Jim Crinson on bass was the perfect harmonic anchor.
After an exploratory solo version of "Monk's Mood" the band kicked in on "I Mean You", "Evidence", "Ask Me Now", "In Walked Bud", "Blue Monk" & "Well You Needn't".
Out front, Paul Gowland played breathtaking solos hurdling over the changes with ease - he really is an amazing player and not averse to extending the range of the tenor with some extraordinary harmonics.
By contrast, Dave's muted horn stayed within the bounds of convention, his gentle flow of expression blending nicely with the aura of 52nd Street that engulfed the bandstand -- he blew good. "Ask Me Now" wavered at times - it really is a bitch of a tune to play - but Dave's vocal came through okay.
Earlier, Dave had vocalised effectively on "I'll Never Be The Same".
The final jam saw Solly on drums and Nicola - two posts in a row - on alto joining Paul and Dave for "All The Things" and "Stella".
Quite a night - I can't wait for Harley's 19th birthday bash!
Lance.
Next week: Scotty Adair & Steve Whitfield + mystery vocalist(s).

1 comment :

  1. What a great night for all; Harley's amazing. - Had a chat with Russell and showed him pix of the jazz vinyl I'll soon have up for sale on E-bay. He said he knew of an alternative site for album sales, and I asked him to write it down. By the end of the night in all the excitement I forgot to get the e-mail address from him, and I wonder if he'll read this and add a comment with the info I need. from Dave The Rave

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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