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Bebop Spoken There

Rex Stewart: "Screwy chords and modern harmonies may be exciting to play, but they will never be bread-and-butter-music." - (Melody Maker April 24, 1948. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Vasilis Xenopoulos: “I like playing jazz that has form, and structure. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and I like it.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Saturday July 4

Afternoon
SPIRIT of NEW ORLEANS - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Monthly - Today's the day!
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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 - Today's the day!
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Bents Park, South Shields. 1pm. Free.
VCJ playing Down Among the Sheltering Palms of South Shields - perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July.
Evening
BELINDA VOSHTINA/ALAN LAW - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
One of our best singers with one of our best pianomen - what's not to like?
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R.J.FEATHER's BLUES BAND - The Globe, 11 Railway St., NE4 7AD. 7.30pm (For 8pm). £5.
Retro Blues - get groovin'
RALPH KEELEY - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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RUTH LAMBERT/DEAN STOCKDALE - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 7pm - 10pm. 0191 2331010.
One of our best singers with one of our best pianomen - what's not to like?
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz. Tonight's the night!
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STACEY KENT - Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick NE66 1PQ. 7.30pm. £21.50/£20.50. 01665 510785.
Always a delight.
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DJANGOLOGIE - Queen's Hall, Hexham 8pm - Sold Out!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

WJRK @ Trinity Church, Gosforth.

Mike Durham (tpt/vcl), Derek Fleck (clt.alt/vcl), Brian Chester (pno), Keith Stephen (bjo), Phil Rutherford (sousa), Kenny Milne (dms).
One thing about WJRK is their repertoire - I think Mike Durham once told me they had over 600 - maybe even 720 (tunes) - in the book. If so, it is no surprise that they are able to avoid the flogged to death numbers so beloved of many trad bands.
Indeed, tonight, the only numbers that could be said to have suffered from over-exposure were Savoy Blues and Tiger Rag. However, some creativity from Brian Chester and Keith Stephen, the world's least baddest banjoist, respectively, gave validity to the old warhouses.
Other tunes included Egyptian Ella, Bimbo on a Bamboo Island, Let's Misbehave - this was quite unique as it had a scattish vocal from Derek Fleck - Buddy's Habits, Jackass Blues, Cake-walking Babies - there were other quite obscure numbers too which made for a pleasant albeit not earth-shattering night.
On sousaphone Phil Richardson, on occasion, had the agility of a string bass and his tone on solos was positively sonorous.
The drum stool was occupied by Kenny Milne, all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. Unfamiliar with much of the material Kenny kept a low-profile whilst doing everything that was asked.
Mike Durham, these days, sounds more like Humph than Humph both playing and announcing.
Vocalwise the mic system didn't do him justice likewise the lighting system didn't help Brian.
The band wore ties with red peppers on them - I kid you not! -and in many ways they sounded like Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers without Jelly Roll Morton.
Despite a few gliches here and there which emphasised the fact that this is a band that isn't playing together as frequently as it deservedly should be I enjoyed the evening and the reasonably sized audience trotted home contentedly.
Next month, March 13, is the big one - Daryl Sherman with the Digby Fairweather Quartet. I can't wait even if it is just to see how Daryl finds the transition from the Waldorf Astoria, New York, to Trinity Centre, Gosforth.
No I'm looking forward to them both - See and hear her from the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, New York City in this YouTube clip..
Lance.

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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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