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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


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.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

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.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel. Nov 6, afternoon

(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Patti Durham & Emrah Erken)
Nicholas D Ball [pictured] revels in researching the obscure. Two banjos, piano and drums, circa 1912, was the in thing. A quartet outfit, later to add melody instruments, was ideal as a touring dance hall band, travelling light, sharing the money four ways instead of eight, ten, twelve or more. One such band, the Anniversatile Four was the focus of drummer Nick Ball’s fascinating presentation. Genuine period costume, drum kit and whistle, in half an hour Ball ran through a selection of novelty ragtime tunes with the assistance of  pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen, banjo bandits Spats Langham and Martin Wheatley, and, the melody man, Claus Jacobi, reeds. The Anniversatile Four cut a number of sides on a visit to the recording studio in Hayes, Middlesex. Ball’s bold baritone voice rang out on Araby and again on Memories. A festival highlight.

Jack Hylton plays Hot! couldn’t have provided a greater contrast. A big band of proper big band proportions, Keith Nichols led a powerful outfit playing numbers listeners will, no doubt, have on 78. If not, there will be some in a cardboard box at their local charity shop.

Hoagy demanded an intimate gathering. Trumpeter Menno Daams assembled an ace line-up lineup: Richard Exall, reeds, Graham Hughes, trombone, David Boeddinghaus, piano, Martin Wheatley, guitar, and Josh Duffee (drums).

Mid-Sunday afternoon, it was time to hear the Henry Red Allen small groups. Clarence Williams’ Sister Kate and Buster Bailey’s Call of the Delta were sung by trumpeter Bent Persson leading a fine small group including Lars Frank and Richard Exall, reeds, Henry Lemaire playing guitar on this session, and drummer Richard Pite. The afternoon session drew to a close with the two-reed Winteler meets Bonnel. When first reading through a festival programme certain names stand out, they can be underlined, as sure-fire winners. Thomas Winteler and Jean François Bonnel are two such names. Add classically trained pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen, Malcolm Sked, bass and the brilliant Josh Duffee, drums, to the line-up and it’s got to be a winner. Well, it was. Wonderful frontline clarinets, and occasional saxophone, the perfect rhythm section, what more could one ask? Bechet had to feature – he did, and at times Winteler, standing to take a solo, had Bechet’s sound off to a tee. At one juncture, Winteler, listening to a Bonnel solo exclaimed: Yeah, man! The Frenchman said they would go out on a blues, very blues, he said. A superb set.                   


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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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