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Bebop Spoken There

Milt Hinton: "Never seen anyone bow a Fender [bass]." - (DownBeat Jan 25, 1979).
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Laurence Cottle: “I have never played upright bass.” – (Jazz Journal April 2015).

Today Saturday April 18

Afternoon.
- Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
.Monthly -Back on May 2
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £25/£22.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters. First Saturday in the month - Back May 2.
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Evening
GRAHAM HARDY & NEIL HARLAND - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Trumpet and double bass duo - nice one.
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TBA (Solo jazz) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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KING BEE - The Witham, 3 Horse Martket, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8LY. £10/£8. 8pm.
Jazz Funk and fire in the belly grooves.
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HAVANA CLUB 5 - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
A touch of Cuba.
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ZOE GILBY - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 9pm - midnight. 0191 2331010.
More music in the Redwood Bar.
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JAMES BIRKETT/BRADLEY JOHNSTON - Little Angel Café, Queen's Hall, Hexham. 8pm. £10.
The dynamic duo take you from Eddie Lang to Pat Metheny via many other guitar legends.
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RAY DALES (solo sax) - Hillcarter Hotel , 31 Church St, Hartlepool, TS24 7DH,
Start 7.30pm free admission further details tel. 01429 855800.
New weekly venture down Teesside way.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like- minded stompers. Back May 2

Friday, September 11, 2009

Keith Nichols' Blue Devils with Jeff Barnhart @ The Saville, North Shields.

Enrico Tomasso, Ben Cummings (tpt/vcl), Keith Nichols (tmb/pno/vcl), Mark Foulkes (alt/clt), David Hornblower (alt/bar/sop/clt), Johnny Boston (ten/clt), Jeff Barnhart (pno/vcl), Martin Wheatley (bjo/gtr), Jerome ? (bs), Richard Pite (dms).
An hour and a half later I'm beginning to get my breath back - talk about exhilaration! Keith Nichol's Blue Devils gave a very well attended Saville Exchange audience exhilaration to spare.
The delights were many - too many to list - although, high on at that list if there were such a list would be Jeff Barnhart's rendering - rendering as in tearing apart - of "Sweet Georgia Brown". This was simply the best two fisted piano playing I've heard for many a long year. The effortless way he strode through the keys in the manner of pianists past was truly awesome.
He also chanted that old twenties Bing Crosby classic "I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain (and my sugar melted away"), "Sunday" and others although perhaps the most amazing piece was the four hands, one piano, duet with Keith Nichols on "I Can Dream Can't I?".
Then there were the two trumpets - Enrico and Ben. Both featured extensively; Enrico in the fine old Armstrong tradition, Ben marginally more modern. Top class technicians and full of the joys of swing.
Jonny Boston - perfect name for a musician (or a private eye!) he did BG on clarinet and Hawk on tenor brilliantly. A singer/composer in his own right I'd also like to hear Jonny in a small band more modern setting.
Mark Foulkes had a lovely round Johnny Hodges sound on alto. Unmiked, as were all of the front-line, it was purity personified. David Hornblower (another fine name) played excellent bari as well as alto, clarry and sop.
Keith himself had his moments on trombone whilst the rhythm of Martin, Jerome (or was it Jeremy?) were idiomatically perfect.
Richard Pite? What can I say except "Is there a better drummer for this style of band?"
I don't think so.
Is there a better band playing in this style?
I don't think so.
Is there a better band?
That's a hard one.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks so much for the kind words!
    All best regards!

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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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