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Bebop Spoken There

Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

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

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

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Lindsay Hannon - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

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

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Alan Barnes @ Opus 4 Jazz Club, Darlington - Feb 9

Alan Barnes (alto & baritone saxophones, clarinet); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Usually when Alan Barnes arrives at the Traveller’s Rest to play his now customary annual gig the queue of eager gig-goers goes half way down the stairs. This time, some forty-five minutes before the advertised start, the queue went all the way down the stairs to the entrance on West Auckland Road. A popular draw is Barnesy.


The wisecracks started way before the first number…A Barnes just can’t help himself! The legend that is Dennis – if there’s a jazz gig in County Durham the man is there – engaged Barnesy in witty repartee or should that be Dennis offered a running commentary on anything and everything within earshot?! The room full, the jazz giants looking on (see photo of Barnes playing in front of a ‘who’s who’ of the music looking on from the walls of the upstairs room), Opus 4 Jazz Club’s special guest looked across at friend and fellow musician Paul Edis and said: Paul, what are we playing first? As Edis replied: Jeannine, Barnes’ forgetfulness suggested we were in for a vintage evening full of fun and laughter. Edis, bassist Andy Champion then Barnes soloing on the standard On Green Dolphin Street elicited further laughter as our guest star noted its German title – On Green Dolphin Strasse.
                                                                                                                                                                First call drummer Russ Morgan picked up his brushes on Bluesette and it wasn’t too long before a name check was in order, Barnes highlighting ‘a virtuoso solo’ from Andy Champion. In closing the first set on baritone playing East of the Sun, - Barnes commented it would be ‘the first of seven sets.’              
Jimmy van Heusen’s But Beautiful with Barnes on baritone, solos all round, simply marvellous. The Barnesy-Dennis sideshow didn’t let up all evening and Bebop Spoken Here’s County Durham man Tony Eales thoroughly enjoyed the comic quips. Opus 4’s guest star happily took requests with the Paul Edis Trio eminently capable of playing anything that came their way and we got Scrapple from the Apple and Blue Monk. Alan Barnes in Darlington never fails to draw a full house and he’ll be in town again in May to perform at the Darlington Jazz Festival. A date for your 2019 diary…Barnesy has already confirmed a return engagement at Opus 4 Jazz Club…the date is Friday 8th February.  Start queuing now.       

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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