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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Betty Bennett: “I've never sung "Funny Valentine"--my only claim to fame.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Today Tuesday December 1

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Friday

Picked up Eric at Washington then off we went down the A19 heading for the Yorkshire coast.
Eric, a veteran of many Appleby's had yet to experience Scarborough. The journey flew by as we listened to Freddy Hubbard just to sort of get us in a jazzy mood as if we needed anything!
We missed out on the John Turville Trio but caught "If Destroyed Still True". A young band of flawless technicians playing in the current vogue of funkiness. In particular pianist Jonny Tomlinson shone with an almost classical approach to his solos. A good start to the festival.
Ryan Quigley. We'd heard him a couple of months back at Corner House so knew he would be good and we weren't disappointed. There were two surprizes - Not a quartet as advertised but a sextet with the Pauls, Booth and Towndrow, on tenor and alto and a big plus - Brian Kellock on piano. If the weekend doesn't get any better than this I'll go home happy even though these first gigs were free courtesy of Jazz Services.
Quig's is simply the finest trumpet player I have heard for many a generation. His "Embraceable You" - acc. only by Kellock was trememendous. He plays with a fullness of tone throughout the registers and I speak very much in the plural - he soars effortlessly among the Gods. The two Pauls were also on fire reaching and passing the heights of mere mortals.
Wow! sums it up.
Opening band at the evening session was Kyle Eastwood Band. More funk with son of Dirty Harry playing some decent bass. If the sound of Ryan Quigley hadn't still been ringing in my ears I'd have been more enthusiastic. Just a little bland but still a very listenable set.
Mike Janisch Quintet played an identical program to last Saturday at Live Theatre even down to the jokes. Needless to say what I said then applies now and they were superb with Paul Booth yet again on form. Paul, with more appearances to come, may yet be the star of the weekend.
Dave O'Higgins 7 + Jazzcotech Dancers. A groove based set with perhaps the best ensemble sound so far. They were supplemented by three dancers who were excellent although, performing at the side of the stage, it needed the big screens to properly appreciate them.
An outstanding first day and more to come. Pictures .

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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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