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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jenny Williams Quartet/Alec Harper Quartet @ The Spice of Life. May 9.

Jenny Williams (vcl); Ed Blunt (pno); Gili Lopes (bs); Dan Ingamells (dms).
Alec Harper (ten); Matt Robinson (pno); Calum Gourley (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Lance). Photos by Joanna Wallfisch.
A two band session featuring two very different quartets. The opening set saw the very young looking Harper Quartet get things rolling, although not rocking, with an introspective original by the leader - Walking in a 
Foreign Land. Harper has a dry sound that suited the mood of the piece. Another original - The Last Episode - moved things up a notch with some  fast, hard-blowing tenor that would have done credit to Ernie Watts last night at Ronnie's. He dug in deeply justifying the applause that followed. Another epic performance came from pianist Robinson who displayed a Tyneresque approach that didn't hurt a bit.
A rather beautiful ballad - Everything I Love - displayed the romantic side then deeper emotions as it became climatic before subsiding back to tenderness. More emotive playing in a piece dedicated to Harper's late grandfather Toby followed by a journey to Never Never Land. Hamblett had a big feature on this one whilst Gourley steadfast and strong all night held everything together.
The Jenny Williaams Quartet, not surprisingly, centred around the leader's vocals. An American folksy jazz voice reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell and other singers who I can't quite pinpoint Williams pitches perfectly even when shooting off at a tangent with some amazing vocalistics. Piano, bass and drums kept things moving along.
A varied program that included Nick Drake's Fruit Tree, a piece by Elisha Keyes, My Ship, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, The Magic of Love and Night in Tunisia. Alec Harper joined in on tenor for several numbers which added an extra dimension to the proceedings.
All in all another good night at The Spice although the attendance seemed to be a little below the norm.

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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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