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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Saturday August 19

Radio
5pm Radio 3: Jazz Line-up. Live from George Heriot's School, Edinburgh. Includes Dime Notes; Gwyneth Herbert &Andy Sheppard/John Patticelli.
12 (midnight) Radio 3: Geoffrey Smith's Jazz. Mingus selection.
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Afternoon
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Evening
Lin Lee Wong (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Smokehouse Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sokool Band - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. Brenda Sokell w. quartet.
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Rendezvous Jazz - Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £12 (£10 - Friends of Durham Cathedral).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Budtones @ Salsa Café February 15

Stuart Findon (Tenor);  Fiona Findon (Tenor/Vocals;) Eric Mckenzie-Stutt (Drums);  Dean Stockdale (Piano);  Paul Grainger (D Bass).
(Review/photo by Kath Jobes)
Well I’d heard that Dean Stockdale had joined the Budtones, but was surprised to see Paul Grainger on Bass, apparently their usual bass player, Andy Porritt became a dad today… a daughter Erin, congratulations Andy, and so the ever flexible Mr Grainger  seamlessly stepped into the breach and did what he does best!
Salsa was pretty packed when I arrived, but my table had been reserved, so I was able to settle down with my cranberry and soda to listen to the music… having realised my pen and pad were in my other coat, I resorted to technology and used the memo facility in my phone to make brief notes. 
The set kicked off with The Message by Nick Weldon, with the two horns out front and sounding stupendous.  Speaking of Stu… the guys went on to play Stu’s Blues, with Fi on vocals.  Next came a lively On Green Dolphin Street, and this brought one couple to the floor to dance,  and that gave an additional pleasure to the evening, as they danced on several occasions.  Miles Davis’ All Blues was followed by one of my favourites to sing, Good Morning Heartache… nice one Fi.  The last tune of the set was Lester Leaps In.
After the interval, the band did a quick rendition of Happy Birthday To You for Stefan, who was dining with friends… good choice for a birthday bash…a night of Jazz and Tapas.
A sweet start to the 2nd set with Sugar was followed by a lovely instrumental arrangement of All The Things You Are.  Fi then stepped up to sing a beautiful ballad, Tenderly, before returning to another lovely tune, Pretty Eyes by Horace Silver.  Next came a tune that Fi Findon has put words to, as apparently several bebop tunes have been  given names with ‘ology’ in them, so this one was named, Notology .  The final number of the night was written about a bass player – Paul Chambers, it was of course Mr PC.
Final comments:  A really tight set, eloquent solos from horns, bass and piano, and when the band played 4s it was Eric’s turn to shine!
Kath J.

1 comment :

  1. Great Kath, good to see you there. It was a highly enjoyable evening for us too, on the other side of the Bandstand. and so good to see Ike and his lovely wife, dancing the night away.
    It was a happy day indeed with the arrival of Erin (Porrit), in to the world, keeping Mr Porrit distracted from depping in for our own Bass player, Jim Crinson. Paul and Eric kept the whole set swinging brilliantly, and such a pleasure to play with them.
    Thank you Kath for taking the time to write such a great review, see you tomorrow at the Jazz Cafe Jam session

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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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