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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 Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Dave Rae’s New Orleans Quartet @ Jazz at the Fell. January 31

Dave Rae (banjo & vocals), Brian Carrick (clarinet, tenor saxophone & vocals), Jim Blenkin (trombone & vocals) & John Robinson (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz at the Fell at Gateshead British Legion. The cricket club, surely? No, it was at Gateshead Fell (Jazz at ‘the Fell’) Cricket Club, now the regulars, rather, some of them, have made the journey to Coatsworth Road, Bensham. The British Legion is the place to be on a Friday night to hear New Orleans/Dixieland jazz. The last day of January brought rain sweeping across the Tyne. Audience numbers were small, it’s been this way for some time.
The large concert room with its large dance floor imposed a barrier, seemingly as wide as the Mississippi, between the musicians on the stage and the audience huddled together on the fringe of the Terpsichorean domain. That the few were, for the most part, ‘huddled together’ suggests that it wasn’t too warm in the upstairs room at the Legion. Dave Rae’s New Orleans Quartet warmed up by blowing on their hands, so cold it was. The music warmed the heart. Bandleader Rae’s special guest for the evening - Brian Carrick - had many a tale to tell of New Orleans evoking images of the Big Easy, the European architecture, a paddle steamer, street musicians, red beans and rice, the heat of the Deep South. Yes, Carrick, the inveterate traveller, knows the French Quarter better than streets of Bensham!
The quartet kicked off with Carrick’s frozen clarinet way out of key. A frown, a tap and a twist of the liquorice stick, a further frown, tap and twist and we were off, up and a way with Red Wing. Carrick joked that he was always a ‘crappy starter’. Dave Rae and John Robinson know their stuff and provided faultless rhythmic support throughout. Jim Blenkin’s robust Jim Robinson trombone style complimented the clarinet. In between numbers Carrick had a tale to tell, tales of George Lewis (many years ago the legendary clarinettist gave one of his instruments to Carrick), Punch Miller (in Carrick’s estimation the equal of Louis), the Barbarin family and others. Bourbon Street (the all-weather brolly dollies did their thing), Basin Street, Old Fashioned Love, some gospel, all made for an entertaining evening.
Carrick’s plaintive vocal style is as good as it gets, often taking a chord and singing an intro. This alone is worth the admission money. Brian Carrick said he had been talking to a friend the other day in New Orleans and believe it or not this Big Easy citizen had seen snow for the first time in his life. If it’s snowing in New Orleans then Tynesiders have little excuse. Jazz at the Fell is a fixture on the scene, show your support by turning out in numbers, whatever the weather.       
Russell.                         

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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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