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Bebop Spoken There

Red Nichols: “Bix could do more on one note than any group of 100 cornet players and you can put me at the last.” – (DownBeat August 1937).

Jimmy Cobb: “A lot of places we played in the States weren't ready for Trane's thing. At one club, a woman stood up and yelled at Miles, 'Make him stop.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 16


James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Julija Jacenaite & Friends - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. Free.

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Paul Edis Sextet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6BH. 7:30pm. ‘End of Term Party’ promoted by NUJO (various performers, some from NUJO).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Chris Standring Quartet @ The (Jazz Co-op) Globe Jazz Bar - January 17

Chris Standring (gtr); Alex Bennett (keys); Phil Mulford (bs); Jack Pollitt (dms).
(Review/photo by Ken Drew).
Chris Standring attracted a large audience to the Globe – 30+ in pre-sales - with many coming from as far afield as Durham, Teesside and Edinburgh eager to see this popular LA guitarist.  The trio supporting him are from SE England and what a Band they form! As solidly tight and polished as Clark Tracey’s quintet which performed here in November.   
A totally different style to mainstream, straight ahead  or improv jazz, the music was totally funk and groove based (not sure where the Smooth Jazz label comes from) but the audience thoroughly enjoyed the driving funk rhythms.  It’s not a style of jazz I’ve followed – but many obviously do, as seen by the keen attendance of his UK fans here in the North.  Chris lets the groove (along with his loyal archtop Benedetto) do all the talking (“You can never get enough of a good groove.”  says Chris) and together with the whole band produces a mix of soul-funk-jazz overlaid with a rich soundscape of guitar and piano/organ electronica vibe.
Chris’s guitar playing was spot on throughout, playing several techniques with ease across different styles and rhythms, the drumming (Jack Pollitt) was constantly driving yet varied with maestro solos by Alex Bennett on keys and Phil Mulford on bass.  The standout exception to the funk was the Jobim number  How Insensitive in the second set which provided a more gentle pace and a wonderful contrast bringing the guitar (and Chris’s musicianship) centre stage.  
On their way out, the audience had obviously enjoyed the night and those that I spoke to thought making the trip to the Globe Jazz Bar was well worthwhile.  Another successful night, drawing in many new faces to the still-developing venue.
Ken D.

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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.
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