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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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

CD Review: Paul Skerritt Band

Paul Skerritt (vocals); James Harrison (piano/keys); Anthony Ord (bass); Thomas Chapman (drums) + (on various tracks) Danny Allan, Will Howard, Josh Bentham (sax); Michael Lamb (trumpet); David Gray (trombone)
(Review by Lance).
Paul Skerritt is a 100% vocalist. If a song's worth singing he sings it without cheating. Of course, those who've heard/seen him at gigs or jams know this already. He's Sinatra, Bennett and Bublé it's true, but he's also his own man and very much able to put his stamp on some more newer material. On this compactly packed album, he does just that with Taylor Swift's Shake it Off . It's a hoot, with Harrison playing stride/ragtime piano as if he'd been born in Harlem!
Don't Get Around Much Any More adds Will Howard to the basic trio and, take it from me, if this group was playing you wouldn't have missed the Saturday dance!
Cheek to Cheek: Paul with the trio. A rhapsodic introduction by Harrison before Young Blue Eyes gives it the Ol' Blue Eyes treatment. Magic!
Will Howard returns for Misty. Howard is from Leeds which is akin to saying he's from Manhattan in UK terms. 
Get Lucky brings in Danny Allan. If Taylor Swift was a surprise then Daft Punk is an even bigger one! And yet it works amazingly well!
Sway: Three man horn section with a fiery solo from Lamb.
Bare Necessities is sans horns but the trio provide the kick with Skerritt in good voice and Harrison solos in typical style which translates as fantastic!
Putting on the Ritz has some effective clarinet doodling which, I guess, is Howard. It's a stellar vocal too!
Let the Good Times Roll is the final track (dig Danny Allan!) which is where the CD falls down. After a number like this, you stand up in your bedroom, or wherever you're listening, and yell 'More! More!' but the player clicks off whereas, at a gig, you shout, 'More!, More!, and you get more!
However, with a CD you don't get a hastily busked All of Me but the whole shebang is reprised! The best of both worlds.
Anth Ord and Tom Chapman keep the ship afloat and combine with Harrison and the guest soloists to give Skerritt the support he deserves.
Available at gigs or direct from £10 - £1 delivery.
PS: Mention this review and delivery is free!

1 comment :

Russell said...

Sounds like a 'must have'CD. Will Howard emerged through the Durham Music Service set-up (Durham County Youth Big Band etc). Will does play clarinet, so, good guess, it's probably him.

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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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