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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Man U/Man City mere Conference compared to Dexter and Wardell.

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Doug Fielder (ten), Matt Office (gtr), Barrie Ascroft (bs), Eric Stutt (dms). + Andy Lee (alt/flt), Wilson ? (pno).
Life is seen in all its many aspects at the Chilli. This is the Naked City with a thousand stories bubbling below and above the surface.
I sensed it was going to be different tonight when Harley emailed me to say to tell Dave he couldn't make the gig - maybe food poisoning. Had a rival pianist slipped some toxic substance into his Rusks?
The rich pattern of urban life unfolded in the bar. Wall to wall football fans screaming and cheering as two teams from Manchester, City and United, (this is in Newcastle remember) endeavoured to "sportingly" cut each other on the pitch - sax players do it so much better - Wardell & Dexter, Gene & Sonny, Charlie (Carmichael) & Nigel (Stanger). Compared to those Premier league saxmen the Manchester boys are but Conference North.
We escaped up the stairs to the tranquillity of the jazz lounge.
The ever resourceful Dave, pre-warned of Harley's absence, had re-shuffled the pack so that Barrie played bass whilst sitting at the keyboard and young Matt Office - one of last week's Hot House Dragons - provided the chordal accompaniment on guitar. He did well considering the SNAFU situation.
Doug Fielder had once more crossed the width and breadth of the country to get here having warmed up at The Porthole earlier in the day (see previous post from Miles). I'm impressed by his commitment. I suspect we'll be hearing more from Doug.
My old Buddy Andy Lee turned up with a vintage Rudall Carte wooden flute with silver headjoint as well as his alto. After a few false starts he hit the alto jackpot on one of the Herbie Hancock's.
During the interval a guy called Wilson played solo piano. Not totally jazz it was nevertheless, impressive.
Mary didn't sing but she did win the raffle as usual!
Dave ventured into Tormé territory with a vocal on "Born to Be Blue". Mel didn't turn in his grave but if he had done it would have been to applaud.
Perhaps the highlight of the night was Dave's opening announcement.
'This tune is called "Whisper Not" and is dedicated to the two girls talking at the back.'
Subtle? no! Effective? Yes - ar least for 32 bars or so!
In the above photo what is Andy Lee (l) saying to make Dave Weisser look so surprised?
Free entry to the Chilli next week for the best answer.
Lance.
PS: For the record Manchester United won the football affair.

1 comment :

Anonymous for fear of reprisals - if this wins I'll pay anyway said...

Andy: "Hey Dave, can you talk to me and look surprised while Lance gets a photo for a competition he is organising. The winner gets in free next week.

Dave says " I am genuinely surprised, no need to pretend. You mean people pay to come in?"

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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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