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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).



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.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Paul Edis Sextet - Splinter @ The Bridge.

Paul Edis (pno): Chris Hibbard (tmb); Graham Hardy (tpt/flug); Graeme Wilson (ten); Mick Shoulder (bs); John Hirst (dms).
My Heart Belongs To Daddy, one of only two non-originals - Black Orpheus being the other - got the set rolling in fine style. Tightly arranged with a distinct west coast feel to it -as "our man in Hong Kong" Colin Aitchison, here on a fleeting visit, astutely pointed out. The soloists are brilliant but the band's ultimate strength is in the arrangements and the compositions mainly by Edis. One piece, the title of which escapes me, had a distinct Mingus feel, another an Ellingtonian concept whilst still maintaining Edis' own individuality throughout.
It was good to meet up with Colin (pictured on the left with myself) again and pleased that he can return to somewhere east of Suez with good memories of jazz today in the north-east (and the taste of some fine real ale).
Colin, incidentally, can be heard on trumpet tomorrow (Monday) afternoon at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats and tomorrow night at the Corner House, Heaton with the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.


1 comment :

  1. Enjoyed a new (to me) original: Revel in Ravel (?)
    Special mention, also, to John Hirst whom I have only heard in the relatively hushed confines of the Cherry Tree. Here he really cut loose on Angular, Not Like Me and Blues for Dad. Never mind Revel in Ravel - his drumming was a revelation, too! Well done!


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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.)
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