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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, April 08, 2018

GIJF Day 2: On the Concourse - Sage Gateshead, April 7


Baba: Tom Dixon (alto); Dominica Ostrega (vocal); Ines Gonçalves (piano); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The second of six scheduled free performances on the Concourse (performances one and five to be reviewed separately. Number six was, unfortunately, cancelled).
Baba may be young (as the name implies?) but, already they have made their individual presences known at jam sessions and as part of the various Sage Gateshead educational projects such as Jazz Attack and Jambone. 
Led by Tom Dixon who looked like a battle-scarred veteran in comparision to his youthful charges, blew fine alto - we never expect less from him - and the Portuguese contingent (pianist and vocalist) were worthy ambassadors. Shipsey played bass with a maturity that belied his years as did drummer Dylan of the Thompson Dynasty.
A most enjoyable half hour.

The Nordanians: Oene Geel (viola/vocal); Mark Tuinistra (guitar); Niti Ranjan Biswas (tablas).
An energetic Dutch trio enlivened the afternoon with some generated excitement that included Dutch scat singing as well as impressive guitar licks and viola solos. I say viola because that's what the blurb said but it looked and sounded to me like a violin or else it was a very small viola. So, what - it was fun!

Sunna Gunnslargh (piano). Think of Iceland and you think of Glaciers, Bjork or 2 for the price of 1 takeaway meals. Today, however, when I think of Iceland it will be Sunna Gunnslaugh that I will be thinking of. The Icelandic pianist played a most enjoyable half hour of originals plus her take on Let me Know Before You Go Go.
Nice one.
Lance.

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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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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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