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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Jazz Cafe Refugees, The Star, July 31, The Blue Jazz Quintet and Jam Session

Chris Finch (keys); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (ten sax); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums) + Jen Errington, Sue Straker  (pictured), Kath Jobes, Yours Truly (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
It began with a call from the soprano sax that brought us into A Foggy Day In London Town. Saxes featured well, in harmony, then solo, and Michael on drums going great guns after being away in France on a music course.  Blue Train followed, featuring a delightful walking bass solo.
Feeling Wise, a world premier composed by Chris Finch himself, a swinger of a tune with a solo from Chris.  Well done!
My Funny Valentine featured Jeff on tenor; Ladybird had 4s from bass and drums, so it was good to have the rhythm people coming to the fore, so to speak, in mid performance, with some bands they often have to wait a while for their special moment.  We then went Latin with Song For My Father, a gift for drums, and Michael played the part with aplomb.
So What segued amusingly into Some Day My Prince Will Come (maybe a tribute to the new royal baby, or not) and the set ended with Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness. And you can catch this entertaining band again on the Sage Concourse this Friday at 8pm.
No other instrumentalists were present, it must be holiday time for blowers and fretters, but vocalists were out in force to support ‘our’ band, bless them, who accompany Blue Jazz Voices. 
Jen Errington stepped up to do confident, tasty versions of Lullaby Of Birdland and East Of The Sun.  Sue Straker came up with No More Blues and a sweetly sung Bye Bye Blackbird.  Kath Jobes told us that she was Beginning To See The Light, with great style and swing.  By now time had run out, but the audience shouted for Yours Truly to sing one (honestly they did!), so I came up with Autumn Leaves, nothing to do with the time of the year at all, but why be logical?
An enjoyable evening.
Photos.
Ann Alex


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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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