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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.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Polly Gibbons & The James Pearson Trio @ Cadogan Hall August 8.

Polly Gibbons (vcl); James Pearson (pno); Arnie Somogyi (bs); Matt Skelton (dms).
(Review by Flore)
As usual Cadogan Hall was well attended the for the weekly Out To Lunch Jazz Series. This week it featured Polly Gibbons with the James Pearson Trio who opened up with C Jam Blues. Pearson, the house pianist at Ronnie’s, is a prodigious talent who played in the style of several pianists even down to grunting like Keith Jarrett.  The Way You Look Tonight,  very much in the Erroll Garner style, concluded with some inspired work by Somogyi and Skelton.
Enter Polly Gibbons.
I wasn't familiar with the attractive 25 year old but from the opening bars of Almost Like Being in Love I knew we were in for a treat. Taken up tempo Polly sailed through the song her individuality immediately apparent.
The tempo slowed for The Meaning of the Blues. A soulful rendition that displayed the rich timbre of her voice. Behind her, Somogyi’s smokingly dirging bass supported her totally.
Bye Bye Blackbird was done very much tongue in cheek and the audience loved it.
Second set had the trio playing They Can’t Take That Away From me (or as Eddie Thompson used  to say They Can’t Take me Away From That!)
Polly returned for a Blues followed by an unusual take on Love For Sale that led to Pray from her album What’s The Reason?
The big finish came with Georgia on my Mind and Honeysuckle Rose. We left knowing we’d experienced a rare talent that deserves to be heard more often. And, of course, not forgetting the supporting trio. Somogyi is some bass player – he could leave his bass in my airing cupboard anytime.
Flore.

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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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