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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Andy Champion Ensemble @ The Bridge Hotel. May 27

Andy Champion (double bass), Alex Leathard (trombone), Graeme Wilson (tenor & alto saxophones), Paul Edis (piano) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums) + Zoe Gilby (vocals)
In January Splinter at the Bridge offered Noel Dennis the chance to play the music of Miles Davis. The initiative was rewarded with a good turn-out on a bitterly cold night. Fast forward to early summer and another good crowd gathered to hear the music of Charles Mingus. 
Andy Champion picked a few familiar Mingus tunes and asked a few of his musician friends to play them. Better Git It in Your Soul and Pithecanthropus Erectus were given the perfect treatment; Alex Leathard (trombone) and reeds virtuoso Graeme Wilson pitched their solos just right, the rhythm section cooked and on cue the ensemble roared (Mingus-like). The spirit of Mingus and his sidemen – Dannie Richmond, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, Horace Parlan et al – was in the air throughout two most enjoyable sets. 
The mocking rage of Fables of Faubus and the beauty of Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk sketched a portrait of Mingus; the colossal angry presence, the prolific composer, the performer, the man. Was this an exercise in nostalgia? Not at all. This was great music played by some great musicians. Oh, yes - we did get a bit of nostalgia – Nostalgia in Times Square. Oh, Yeah!
Russell

2 comments :

  1. A brilliant night Russell and certainly my English gig of the year so far. My old cycling/Windows Music Shop buddy Andy, thought it was the best gig he'd been to in the last 100 years!
    As I left for the number 27 I think I detected the delectable tones of Zoe doing Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - I was tempted to make it Goodbye 27 bus but sanity prevailed and, as it is on her YouTube page, I caught the bus and then caught up with Ms Gilby which was Champion.

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  2. Without a doubt, the best gig I have been to for a long time.

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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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