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Bebop Spoken There

Rex Stewart: "Screwy chords and modern harmonies may be exciting to play, but they will never be bread-and-butter-music." - (Melody Maker April 24, 1948. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Vasilis Xenopoulos: “I like playing jazz that has form, and structure. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and I like it.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Sunday July 5

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly - Today's the day!.
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BAGHDADDIES Plus - Cumberland Arms, James Place St., Byker. 12 noon. Free.
All-day extravaganza with lots of bands and booze!
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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JAMES HARRISON - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 4pm-7pm.
Sundays are now solo piano with earlier start.
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
A jam aimed at encouraging the less experienced player giving listeners a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly - Back July 12.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Back on July 26.
Evening.
COLIN AITCHISON FRANCO VALUSSI and STEVE ANDREWS - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Tonight an Extra Night!
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
Monthly - Tonight's the night!
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - The Globe, Railway St.,NewcastleNE4 7AD. £5. 7pm.
Last Sunday in the month series featuring local trad bands. (NOTE EARLY START!) Back July 26.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Brasserie Hudson Bay,Windward Way, Middlesbrough TS2 1QG. Tel: 01642 261186. 7:30pm Free. Last Sunday in month - plus guests. Back July 26
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back July 26.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl); Tony Winder (ten/sop/clt); Terry Dalton (tmb); Roy Gibson (pno); Robin Douthwaite (gtr); Stan Nicholson (bs); Laurie Brown (dms) + Ann Alex (vcl); Neville (comedy).
(Review by Lance).
It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing saw the Jazz Esquires hit the ground running. On their day they are reminiscent of one of the later Lyttleton bands and, I'm pleased to say, this was one of those days. Miles threw in the vocal on this and most numbers and there were good solos all round. Miles took the vocal again on Undecided - that Charlie Shavers classic with it's triple rhymed middle eight - 
I've been sitting on a fence/And it doesn't make much sense/'Cause you keep me in suspense/And you know it.

On drums, ex Squadronaire, Laurie Brown - surely the 'Last of The Few' - drove things along culminating with an idiomatic solo.
Moonglow, 9-20 Special and Bernie's Tune, taken faster than the Mulligan version with a cracking solo from Roy and crisp brushwork a la Chico from Laurie. followed before a well-earned break..
The rhythm section stayed on stage for Laura and Fascinating Rhythm then  BSH 's Women's Editor, Ann Alex, sang A Foggy Day and Bye Bye Blackbird. In the absence of Teresa the only thing that could follow this was a stand-up routine from a guy called Neville who drew some hearty guffaws from the audience.
The second set opened with Tiger Rag and it occurred to me that, back in 1918, this was probably the equivalent of today's Improv Music!
Blues March saw Tony Winder and Terry Dalton playing some stirring solos. Robin and Bill also "Told the Truth" in their solos. Tony,  incidentally, has acquired a 1924 Conn soprano sax - a very tasty horn indeed. 
The White Cliffs of Dover, Buena Sera and Angel Eyes finished off the session for those of us catching the 3pm ferry for South Shields leaving us with the knowledge that mainstream jazz/swing is alive and well on Tyneside.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks once again for your comments Lance.
    I just want to say that after something like
    twenty years at the Porthole I couldn,t play
    with a happier swinging bunch of guys. In my
    old age (79 next month) I look forward to the
    session every week. If anyone wants to smile
    and tap their feet with us please visit:
    THE PORTHOLE FERRY LANDING NORTH SHIELDS.

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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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