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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: Ruby Turner - Sage Gateshead, April 7

Ruby Turner (vocal); Jason Thompson (keys); Nick Marland (guitar); Paul Pryor (bass guitar); Simon Moore (drums).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
With or without Jools Holland, Ruby Turner is a ball of fire just waiting to be ignited. Although tonight was without Jools, his presence wasn't missed and the blue touchpaper was lit from bar one of I'm Not the One. This lady hoots and hollers, shouts and sings, like few soul sisters (or brothers) either side of the Atlantic.
I didn't get the names of all the songs and many of the titles I did get were, in the cold light of morning, meaningless (try writing in the dark and you'll know what I mean).
Songs I did decipher/recognise were: Master Plan; Still on my Mind; There is Something on Your Mind and of course, the showstopping Etta James classic I'd Rather Go Blind. This brought the audience to their feet for the inevitable standing ovation she deserved and the raunchy encore the audience demanded.
Throughout, guitarist Marland took a host of solos that kept the flame burning, a flame that never flickered when keyboard ace Thompson took it up nor when bassman Pryor who also seemed to be controlling things had his place in the sun (the lighting, incidentally, wasn't always perfect and Ruby had to request adjustments as the night unfolded) whilst Simon Moore on kit excelled. At a jazz festival, top-notch drum solos are the norm and this was the norm plus!
A session full of soul and an indication of how blurred the lines have become 'twixt music's many genres.

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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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