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Bebop Spoken There

Charenee Wade: “…I was maybe 10 or 11, I was listening to 50 year old Sarah Vaughn and trying to sound like her.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

James Moody: “[On practising] If you don't use it, you lose it. And that applies to everything--and when I say everything, I mean everything!” – (Jazz Times March 2004).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.
Anna Reay/Deon Krishnan - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Chare, Newcastle. 7pm(?). Free.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scarborough Jazz Festival Day Three - Evening.

Acting on Jerry's advice - he's a guy who knows which knife and fork to use at a clambake - I made my way to Beiderbeckes. Nice background music and some good jazz images on the walls but! - I was too early for the restaurant so had to make do with a Beef Baguette and salad which I must admit was succulence personified (and so it should be!)
I meandered back to the Ocean Room and was pleased to note that, despite the Festival being completely sold out, the Festival Jazz Bitter hadn't.
My Funny Valentine - Mike Maran (narrator), Colin Steele (tpt), Tom Gibbs (pno).
This was the third time I'd seen this entertaining play written and narrated by Mike Maran - the last time only a month earlier so I just about know the script - the story of Chet Baker's decline and fall - backwards.
Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it - Colin Steele's trumpet playing is always easy on the ear. Tom Gibbs on piano was new to the play but he played well.
If you still haven't seen it catch it whilst you can. I understand Mike Maran has another jazz play on the starting blocks - more later.
Alan Barnes Plays Alan Barnes. Alan Barnes (alt/bar), Robin Aspland (pno), Jim Hart (vbs), Mark Hodgson (bs), Paul Clarvis (dms).
The last session of another - the 8th - successful Scarborough Jazz Festival. Mike Gordon and his team had everything co-ordinated with military precision and it was perhaps appropriate that the finale should feature 'Barnesy' playing his own things.
Alan is a man of many talents ranging from creole clarinet on a tune called Pickles, authentic tributes to Sonny Criss and Joe Harriott and wild contemporary alto playing on the finale - then there's his sense of humour - priceless!
Not that it was all Alan. Once again Robin Aspland excelled and Jim Hart on vibes is also something else - is there a better living vibes player anywhere in the world? If there are there can't be many.
Farewell Scarborough - see you next year.

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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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