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Bebop Spoken There

Billie Holiday: "Lester sings with his horn. You listen to him and you can almost hear the words" – (Jazz Greats number 18).

Tony Williams: "I said, 'Miles, I mean Mr. Davis, can I sit in with your band?' Miles said, 'Go back, sit down, and listen'. So that was the first time I met Miles ." – (Down Beat, May 1989).

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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival. (July 1 - 3, 2016.)
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com.
Competion is still open so enter to win a prize worth £283 and have a great weekend!
CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1!
Programme Details.

Today Saturday May 28

Afternoon

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Whitley Bay Carnival. Afternoon.

Evening

Landermason - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.. 8:00pm. £7.00.

Joel Byrne McCoullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Pete Gilligan/Alice Grace - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free .

Zoe Gilby/Mark Williams - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 7.pm 0191 2331010.

Roy Willis/Mia Webb - New Ship, Sunderland Rd., South Shields. 7pm. Free.

Christine Tobin Quartet - St. Andrews Church, Grinton DL1 6HR.£16/£3 under 19. 7:30pm. Part of Swaledale Festival.

Mammal Hands - Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland. SR1 3JE. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Apollo Saxophone Quartet - St Michael’s & All Angels Church, Alwinton, Northumberland. NR65 7BE. 7:30pm. £14.00. & £12.00. (concs available). ‘Sax and Film’ inc a piece composed by the Apollo Quartet to accompany a screening of the film Journey Across the Impossible + numbers by Richard Rodney Bennett, Barbara Thompson & Django Bates.

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

Sunday, April 11, 2010

FOUR PODS OF PEPPER @ Trinity Center, Gosforth. Saturday April 10.


...and the show must go on...
Thomas Spats Langham (gtr/bjo/uke/vcls), Martin Litton (pno), Matthias Seuffert (reeds), John Carstairs Hallam (bass)
Out of adversity springs forth inspiration. Norman Field the regular clarinet player could not make the concert for family reasons, bass-saxophonist Frans Sjostrom was stricken by a sudden bout of gasto-enteritis and, to rub salt in the wound, only a moderate turnout by Trinity standards (but would have been ecstatic with this number at Blaydon) was not the best of starts for this concert. But no need for dismay – the boys turned up the heat and delivered a memorable performance to an extremely appreciative audience.
Talk about entertaining folk and diversity of repertoire. What a delight!
At the centre of it all was Spats Langham a singer immersed in the style of Crosby, Bowlly etc. He combines this with a host of anecdotes about that golden era. Add virtuoso tenor banjo, driving acoustic guitar (on a tiny unmiked parlour guitar at that) and a dash of ukelele and you have a unique performer, a walking treasure trove of a bygone age. 
Memorable features were Pickin’ by Harry Reser, demonstrating remarkable banjo technique and speed of hand, a delightful vocal version of Ghost of St Louis Blues inspired by Emmett Miller, a very unusual song Night Owl inspired, I think, by Ukelele Ike, Waller’s I Wish I Were Twins plus plenty more goodies.
Martin Litton is known for his impeccable mastery of early piano styles – blues/ragtime/stride etc and there was plenty evidence of that tonight but some lush chord voicings particularly on his intro to Sophisticated Lady gave us a clue that he is a player also at home in more modern styles when appropriate. Martin was featured on James P Johnson’s Carolina Shout and gave an exquisite rendition of Bix’s In a Mist.
Norman Field is a much loved player but not bad to have Seuffert as a ‘dep’. He has an international reputation and you can see why. Very fine tenor/alto sax in the pre-bop rhapsodic style but with modern, immaculate technique and an attractive soft, liquid tone. Combine that with virtuoso clarinet and you have quite a player as his features on the aforementioned Sophisticated Lady, My Ideal (on tenor), Wolverine Blues and Hoagy’s Jubilee on clarinet, testified.
All credit to our own John Hallam who stepped in at the last moment on string bass. He coped admirably with  the material. Playing in essentially a ‘two beat’ style interspersed with runs and fills he produced a nice, natural sound and contributed fully to the evening’s proceedings and with a nice solo on the final number, Happy Feet.
A totally enjoyable evening from start to finish.
Roly.

1 comment :

  1. The feature for Litton - I think it might have been Caprice Rag not Carolina Shout.
    Roly

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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.
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