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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Thursday November 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Group Theory - The Globe. 7:30pm. £5.00. Superb Durham University quartet. Dan Garel (alto), Tom Burgess (guitar), Dylan Purches (double bass) & Tristan Bacon (drums).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. concs.).

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Boldron Village Hall, County Durham DL12 9RN. 01833 638210. 7:30pm. £9.00. adult, £20.00. family.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

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

Friday, September 30, 2016

SeeNine @ Hoochie Coochie - September 29.

Stephen Wetherall (bs. gtr); Dan Butterworth (dms); Scotty Handy (keys); Ciaran Jasper (alt/ten); Esti Harrison (tpt); Adam Ashbridge (gtr). + Fabio Sousa (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
Student band and you've got 'Rent-a-Crowd'. Boy/girlfriends, course mates, coarse mates, parents, family etc. you've got the audience but, will they come back and, more importantly, will those with less filial/fraternal relationships return?
On this showing, only SeeNine's second gig, I think they will.
Admittedly a work in progress but the positive signs are there. An imaginative repertoire* which included originals, pieces by Grover Washington, Roy Hargreaves, Kenny Garrett, Herbie Hancock, and Justin Bieber  coupled with a feel for the funky idiom that they work in, suggests that, with a tweak here and a tweak there, we're going to hear a lot more of them.
Leader Wetherall knows his way around the Fender Jazz (or was it a Precision?) and he soloed authoritatively. 
Adam Ashbridge obviously has a pedigree in matters guitar. His solos blew everything away!
Ciaran Jasper floated 'twixt alto and tenor but I think it was her alto solo on the penultimate encore, Roy Hargreaves'  St. Denis,  that clinched it for me despite blowing slightly off mic.
Esti Harrison on trumpet didn't try to impress, instead, she played the heads and, when solos came up, worked within her range - something Muggsy Spanier, Miles Davis, and Chet Baker did in their formative years - welcome to the club Esti!
Dan Butterworth kicked seven shades when such a splash of colour was needed but also confined himself to fewer shades in the more delicate moments.
Pianist Scotty chorded impressively, his choreographed body movements indicating just how much he was enjoying himself. Surprised he didn't appear to take any actual solos
It was great to see such young musicians blowing so well and to have an appreciative audience.
Oh yes, I've omitted to mention Fabio Sousa!
I don't suppose there have been too many Portuguese trombone players in Newcastle over the years but, let me say that on the evidence of the two numbers he blew on, Fabio is the best Portuguese slide man I've ever heard (in Newcastle).
I invited Fabio to the Jazz Café Jam this coming Tuesday. In fact, I'd like to  see les tout ensemble dropping by!
Photos.
Lance.
*Cissy Strut; Mister Magic; Can't Feel my Face; Chameleon; 5:45; Noodle; Sing a Song of Song; How Deep is Your Love; Southwick; Sorry; Strasbourg St. Denis.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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