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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Friday, November 04, 2011

Brass Jaw @ The Lit & Phil. November 3rd

Paul Towndrow (alto saxophone), Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor saxophone), Allon Beauvoisin (baritone saxophone) & Ryan Quigley (trumpet)
The Literary & Philosophical Library in Newcastle is the oldest private members' library outside of London. Down the years artists, writers, musicians, inventors, political figures, thinkers and others have visited the impressive rooms of this hidden gem of a building. In the early years of the 21st century add jazz musicians to the list of luminaries.
Brass Jaw - three saxophones, one trumpet - travelled south from Glasgow and east from Dublin. The Irish connection being that tenor player Konrad Wiszniewski negotiated a night off from his nice little earner touring the world with a pop megastar to come to Newcastle to play with his Scottish buddies. Now there's a guy who's got his priorities right!. Brass Jaw, albeit with a trumpeter, are from the long tradition of the saxophone quartet (World Saxophone Quartet, 29th Street Quartet, Saxophonics - to name but three). The Lit & Phil's first floor library with its wrought iron spiral staircases and balustrades and shelves upon shelves of books made for a highly unusual setting.
The quartet chose to play acoustically, the musicianship was of the highest order throughout two entertaining sets of original compositions and contemporary standards. The original material came from Brass Jaw's latest CD Branded. All four members of the quartet contributed material ranging from ballads to bop. Ryan Quigley's trumpet added pathos; a blues feel was never too far from the surface. Baritone saxophonist Allon Beauvoisin had such mastery of his instrument that lightening-fast bop lines were well within his capabilities. Towndrow and Wiszniewski played some killer solos and the whole performance exuded warmth, shot-through with humour. Any gig that can get away with the inclusion of versions of Drive My Car (The Beatles) andPeaches on Regalia (Frank Zappa) has got to be good and this was one such occasion.
Russell.

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