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Bebop Spoken There

Johnny Dankworth: "[on British Trad] If you want to get ahead get a hat." - (Melody Maker July 23, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Acker Bilk: “What's wrong with a bowler? My bank manager wears one!” (Melody Maker October 10, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Today Saturday August 1

Afternoon.
Play Jazz! Summer School - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 9.30am. Two day event. email: learning@jazz.coop.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
Evening.
Pete Tanton/Mark Williams Quartet - Jam Session - The Globe, 11 Railway St., NE4 7AD. 7.30pm (For 8pm). £5.
Ruth Lambert/Giles Strong - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Belinda Voshtina/James Harrison - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ 7pm. Free.
Steve Glendinning (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Rendezvous Jazz - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

DAGDA w. JEAN TOUSSAINT - Splinter @ The Bridge, Newcastle.

Jean Toussaint (ten/sop); Tom Harrison (alt); Billy Adamson (gtr);  Tom West (bs); Mike Clowes (dms).
I can count on one finger the number of times I've heard a former Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers' tenor man play the Bridge Hotel. Somehow, Benny Golson, Hank Mobley, Wayne Shorter etc. didn't get around to it. Fortunately, Jean Toussaint did!
And he was in good company with the London based DAGDA - who'd drove up after a lunchtime gig at 7Arts Leeds
The late Chris Yates would have described Toussaint as "a tough tenor" and he'd have got it right!
The lithe alto solos of  Tom Harrison added to this musical experience and they  represent everything that is so good about many of the young players today. Tom has a lucidity about his playing that many older players would struggle to match. He simply soars like a Bird (and I use the word advisedly) breaking through the sound barrier at the speed of light. Breathtaking!
As for Jean Toussaint, you don't get to hold down the tenor chair with Art Blakey unless you're the hottest horn on the planet which, at the time, he was and indeed still is. Body and Soul (click here to watch YouTube clip from Adrian Tilbrook) was Coleman Hawkins updated to the twenty-first century and then some. These days he's also an educator which must surely be like a writer having Billy Shakespeare or Charlie Dickens for a teacher. There was much education laid down tonight.
The rhythm guys did the necessary with Adamson's solos adding another ingredient to the mix and bass and drums providing a solid foundation.
Gig of the Year material without doubt.
C'mon Arts Council England we can't afford to lose concerts like this!
Photos by Adrian Tilbrook.
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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