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Bebop Spoken There

June Christy: "We used to say that if Stan [Kenton] had wanted to become President, nobody else would have stood a chance. ''- (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).


Eddie Condon: "Every Kenton record sounds to me as though Stan signed up 300 men for the date and they were all on time." - (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).



Today Thursday October 27.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone Bar and Restaurant,Whitley Rd. , Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0DA.1:00pm. Free.
Gerry Richardson Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8:30pm. Free.
Don Forbes Sextet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Descarga! - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (ten); Kevin Eland (tpt); Ted Pearce (keys)P; Mark Hawkins (dms). - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth. 7pm (ish). Free.
Maine St., Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside, Tyne and Wear, 8:30pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Friday

Picked up Eric at Washington then off we went down the A19 heading for the Yorkshire coast.
Eric, a veteran of many Appleby's had yet to experience Scarborough. The journey flew by as we listened to Freddy Hubbard just to sort of get us in a jazzy mood as if we needed anything!
We missed out on the John Turville Trio but caught "If Destroyed Still True". A young band of flawless technicians playing in the current vogue of funkiness. In particular pianist Jonny Tomlinson shone with an almost classical approach to his solos. A good start to the festival.
Ryan Quigley. We'd heard him a couple of months back at Corner House so knew he would be good and we weren't disappointed. There were two surprizes - Not a quartet as advertised but a sextet with the Pauls, Booth and Towndrow, on tenor and alto and a big plus - Brian Kellock on piano. If the weekend doesn't get any better than this I'll go home happy even though these first gigs were free courtesy of Jazz Services.
Quig's is simply the finest trumpet player I have heard for many a generation. His "Embraceable You" - acc. only by Kellock was trememendous. He plays with a fullness of tone throughout the registers and I speak very much in the plural - he soars effortlessly among the Gods. The two Pauls were also on fire reaching and passing the heights of mere mortals.
Wow! sums it up.
Opening band at the evening session was Kyle Eastwood Band. More funk with son of Dirty Harry playing some decent bass. If the sound of Ryan Quigley hadn't still been ringing in my ears I'd have been more enthusiastic. Just a little bland but still a very listenable set.
Mike Janisch Quintet played an identical program to last Saturday at Live Theatre even down to the jokes. Needless to say what I said then applies now and they were superb with Paul Booth yet again on form. Paul, with more appearances to come, may yet be the star of the weekend.
Dave O'Higgins 7 + Jazzcotech Dancers. A groove based set with perhaps the best ensemble sound so far. They were supplemented by three dancers who were excellent although, performing at the side of the stage, it needed the big screens to properly appreciate them.
An outstanding first day and more to come. Pictures .

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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