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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.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ The Star + Jam Session


Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Lewis West (dms) + Chris Finch (flug); Peter Ninnim (dms); Dave Parker (bs); Katherine Lowdon, Andrea, Jen (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
Not surprisingly there was an air of sadness and disbelief hanging over The Star tonight as folk struggled to come to terms with the tragic death of Heather Arthur (see previous post) and it was fitting that Debra should dedicate the session to her memory. I imagine it was a similar scenario over at The Chilli.
After a soundcheck on Jordu, Debra and her Ensemble got things underway with Four which ended with, wait for it, a round of fours featuring a new young drummer - Lewis West - who demonstrated he was au fait with jazz protocol.
Steve Glendinning had some praiseworthy solos whilst Paul Grainger fought manfully against a spiralling spotlight that constantly changed colours so that sometimes he appeared to be either blushing, had yellow jaundice or a severe case of measles. It didn't affect his playing which was as sound as ever although the spotlight sometimes made it seem as though he were spinning the bass bull-fiddle fashion!
As for Debra, she gave her usual polished renditions of jazz classics, originals and standards. Particularly poignant tonight was her Jazz Café song as Heather too was an habitué of that famed venue.
For the jam, Glendinning remained on stage to be joined by Chris Finch on flugel, Dave Parker (bass) and Peter Ninnim (drums).
Chris had a rich, mellow sound on Someone to Watch Over me and Blue Monk. A singer new to me - Katherine Lowdon - scored mightily with Moanin' but didn't quite get it together on When Sunny Gets Blue which isn't an easy song. Will follow her progress with interest.
The evening was rounded off by two singers from the Jazz Singing Class - Andrea who impressed with Straight no Chaser and Jen who did likewise with Night and Day.
Photos.
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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