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Bebop Spoken There

Georgie Fame: “Those black American GI’s were just the hippest guys in the world. They’d bring records and of course you couldn’t get them anywhere else.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).


Today Tuesday October 6

Bell and Bucket Band - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 23 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band Open Rehearsal - New Crown, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7:30pm. Free.
Evan Christopher's Django à la Creole - Sage Gateshead. 8:pm. £17.50/£15.50.
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.
Advanced Jazz Course - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 6pm.
Ian Bosworth - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Claude Werner Quartet at Zeffirellis, Ambleside, Sat March 6th

In a packed Jazz Café Bar at Zeffirellis on Saturday night this truly international line-up seemed to drift aimlessly into their opening set. Four very busy musicians, playing in a variety of line ups in their adopted home city of Newcastle, probably welcomed such a low key start as it gave themselves time to re-acquaint. However, after a rave review of the previous weeks gig at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle we need not have worried about what was to come. Laurence Blackadder (Carlisle) on bass solidly underpinned every number together with a relaxed and rhythmical David Carnegie (Barbados) on drums. The solos from Claude Werner (Chile) on tenor sax and Mark Williams (Northern Ireland) were the highlights of the evening as they soared above the steady meter of their colleagues. The first set had highlights in ‘Sitting in The Sun’ and ‘Inner Image’ however the second set was where the musicians found their feet and brought Werner’s clever compositions to life. The opener was ‘Daydreaming’ with bass and tenor sax weaving intricate patterns around a beautifully simple tune heralding some great things to come. The next number was entitled ‘City’ and, although Rush Hour as a title would have summed it up better, the sound was full of street aggression and angst as we pounded the streets looking for a way out with Werner our scintillating impatient driver on tenor saxophone. Next it was the turn of Mark Williams on guitar to provide a wonderfully melodic solo over the steady back beat on ‘I Have Nothing to Say to You’. Blackadder again opened on ‘Drawings Across The Street’ as these accomplished musicians continued to move through the gears. All the tunes played were from the bands album Thoughts and Recollections (available which is a fine collection of tunes and hopefully the forerunner of more exciting music from this very talented set of young musicians. The final act at Zeffirellis was, my favourite from the album, ‘Gorka’ a bouncy lyrical number and a fitting tribute to another great night.
David Gosling.

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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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