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Bebop Spoken There

Pete Rugolo: "Never feel that you have to set the world on fire in one go. Remember you are going to write a thousand arrangements- (Crescendo August 1993 ).
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Pete Oxley: “I got into jazz when I was about 14 and remember my dad telling me that I’d get bored very quickly, as the music only comprised a few chords that kept getting repeated. My dad was a cathedral organist!” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

Today Thursday March 5

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Ray Dales (alt); Jeff Aucott (keys); Kevin Eland (tpt); Ernie Jackson (dms).
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AZYMUTH - 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £12. 9pm.
Long established jazz/funk band making welcome return to top venue.
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FOLK MEETS JAZZ - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle, NE4 7AD. Free. 8pm
The twain meet! Folkies and jazzers - a chance to discover new directions and alternate genres!
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MAURIZIO MINARDI TRIO - Queen's Hall, Hexham. 8.30pm. £10.
Tour promoting MM's CD Piano Ambulance which I reviewed enthusiastically back in December last year. Good to have him include Hexham in his stop off points.
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GO GO PENGUIN - Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, SR1 3JE. 8pm. £8.. 0191 5142229.
New venue in Sunderland for popular band.
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BUDTONES - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham City. 8pm. £4.
Hard swinging post bop band with vocals.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8.15pm. £3/£2.50.
Maureen Hall and her jazzers. Monthly - Tonight's the night!.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Back March 26
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA w. EMMA WILSON - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith and guests.
Monthly - Back March 26.
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INDIGO JAZZ VOICES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. Free.
Monthly, back March 12.
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PILGRIM STREET SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm. Free.
Hard blowing modern. Monthly - Back on March 12.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA + EMMA WILSON - Catholic Club, Billingham. 7.30pm. £1.
An evening of Jazz and Blues. Monthly back on March 19

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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