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Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Sunday October 23

Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Giles Strong (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
More Jam – The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free. All welcome to blow.
Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet - Blaydon Jazz Club, Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £7. *****
Baghdaddies - Trimdon Colliery & Deaf Hill WMC Club, TrimdonTS29 6AJ. 7:30pm. £3.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 06, 2011

One Guy Named Mo. Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond

Roly 'Mo' Veitch (gtr/vcl); Rod Sinclair (gtr); Neil Harland (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
It was billed as Mo Scott and her Trio but Mo was, metaphorically speaking, under the doctor" so "Mo" Veitch aka Roly stepped into the breach once more dear friends.
I've heard Roly in duo situations with Jim Birkett and I've heard Jim Birkett doing likewise with Rod so I guess this completed the 3 x doubles' scenario.
It seemed to work well and all four musicians gelled as effectively as the Pressed Ham & Parsley Terrine, Crispy Oxenrig Free Range Eggs and Dandelion. That was my starter. I didn't recognise theirs but Roly's vocal on Lotus Blossom (Strayhorn?) was a tasty item indeed. Roly knows a good tune when he hears one and Polka Dots and Moonbeams is one of the best. However, as this is a story in song that starts with a boy and girl meeting at a country dance that was being held in a garden and concludes with them being shacked up in cottage full of lilac and laughter it seems a bit pointless, after the solos to tell the tale all over again!
To draw a parallel my Wallington Hall Rump Steak with Wild Ransom Butter, Yorkshire Watercress and a mountain of French Fries was delicious but I wouldn't want the same again a few minutes later!
The two guitars contrasted stylistically and sound-wise yet still gelled perfectly. Roly, smoother, more gentile, Rod crisper, more volatile yet each one enhancing the other's qualities if you follow me. Lot's of other good numbers including Mercy Mercy Mercy, My Buddy, Say It Isn't So, Skating in Central Park. I couldn't think of a tune to link up with my British Cherry Eton Mass in Rosewater Cream until Roly sang Till There Was You! Summed up my desert perfectly!
One thing about the Cherry Tree - the audiences are usually appreciative yet, apart from a select few are invariably not from the core jazz audience (if there is such a thing) - the mixture of good jazz and class cuisine for less than the price of a concert at The Sage seems to me to be a good deal.
We choose to listen and we have to eat - where's the problem?

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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.
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.)
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