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Bebop Spoken There

Jimmy Giuffre: "Jim Hall, Monty Budwig and I will just have to extemporise. I'm always interested in just trying to create. I am not interested in trying to sell music." - (Melody Maker March 5, 1960). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Antonio Sanchez: “When I was starting as a sideman, it was always exciting when somebody new would call me to work.” – (Down Beat July 2015).

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TodayThursday July 30

Afternoon.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen
- The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. Free.
Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen
- Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Tees Hot Club
w. Ray Dales (alt) & Kevin Eland (tpt) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7:00pm. 0191 2853429. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen + Doo Wop Dollies – Under the Dome Festival, Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 7pm. £5. 0191 2516720.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CD Review: Durham University Big Band - overDUBB

Durham University Big Band have digitally released an exciting new album - overDUBB.  Those who have heard the band live at the Jazz Coop, Darlington Jazz Club, Sunderland Big Band Festival (as well as at London's prestigious Pizza Express Jazz Club) will know what to expect. If the band is new to you then now's the time to find out what you've been missing.
Cracking soloists, tight section work and tempos that would suit J.K. Simmons to a T - indeed the Whiplash Theme opens up the album which also includes some distinctive vocals from Laura Paul.
Track listing and personnel can be found by following the link below.
Buy/Listen.
Lance.

Vieux Carré are out and about today

AFTERNOON: The VCJ stomp off at 1.00pm at their regular weekly venue THE MILLSTONE, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, which has been recently refurbished and also has a superb new menu choice. Free. 
EVENING: 'Under the Dome' concert in the inflatable dome on Whitley Bay Plaza with The VIEUX CARRÉ JAZZMEN and The DOO WOP DOLLIES (pictured), a close harmony group who sing the hits of the Andrews Sisters, Boswell Sisters, etc. Showtime 7.00 - 9.00pm. Entry £5. Bar. 
Brian Bennett.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OXYD "Plugged in Nirvana" Summer UK Tour

(Press release)
Paris-based label and collective Onze 
Heures Onze will bring the band OXYD
to the UK this summer for a 3-date tour.  
The band will present their new repertoire
entitled “Plugged in Nirvana” 
(sounds and information below).
The tour starts in Newcastle 
(The Bridge Hotel), continues in London 
(Downstairs @ The Vortex)  and finishes in Manchester 
(Soup Kitchen) as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival

Schmazz presents the Jonathan Silk Big Band @ The Black Swan - July 28









(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
The ethereal, tentative, probing, opening bars confirmed, what the pre-concert blurb had hinted at, that this was to be no powerhouse "hit him in the slats Bob"* big band but more of a contemporary jazz orchestra approach. Not that it was without excitement although some wag sitting at the back, stage whispered "I thought they were still tuning up!" - he left shortly after! It was complex and cleverly arranged without seeming to have been arranged at all. Section pitted against section, not in the traditional call and response format but rather like a 20th century symphonic work whereby contrasting melodic lines complemented each other. Dissonant at times? Yes, but dissonance has come a long way since the Peanut Vendor.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Schmazz presents The Jonathan Silk Big Band

(Preview)
For at least the past couple of decades big jazz units have tended to fall into two camps - those that draw their inspiration from the Swing Era, with the various sections (reeds, trumpets, trombones) riffing in unison, and those that play more with the varied orchestral textures that can be achieved through different combinations of instruments.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dean Stockdale @ The Vermont Hotel - July 26

Dean Stockdale (piano)
(Review by Russell)
The third and final day of the Sunderland International Air Show. The forecast suggested the flying machines could be grounded. In the event they just about got away with it. The first spots of rain landed in Newcastle city centre ‘round four o’clock.
The Vermont Hotel’s late-Sunday afternoon piano jazz set had, without fanfare/publicity, been brought forward a couple of hours to two o’clock. Thankfully Dean Stockdale knew about the change and arrived on time!

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi with the New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Caedmon Hall, Gateshead - July 26.


(Review by Lance).
Rawicz and Landauer it wasn't, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons it was - and then some. If you were seeking sounds, I hesitate to use the word music, that were searching for new frontiers you wouldn't find them here and, if you had, the hall wouldn't have been near sold out!
And yet, what we heard tonight was indeed music that broke the mould - in the earlier part of the last century.
Ragtime, stride and boogie woogie by the two guest pianists plus hot dance music and early big band jazz from the finest purveyors of the idiom this side of Slovakia - the New Century Ragtime Orchestra.

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Budtones - July 25

Fiona Finden (vocals, soprano sax); Stu Finden (tenor sax); Andy Porritt (keys); James Archer (bass); Eric Stutt (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band were straight in, no messing, with The Message, piano chops followed by his solo, solos all round, fours between drums and tenor, smart lively music, which we’ve come to expect from this talented band. And so it continued, music towards the boppy end of the jazz spectrum, playing to a smallish audience – where were you, you’ve all missed a treat?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gerry Richardson & Adam Sinclair @ The Jazz Café - July 25










Gerry Richardson (Hammond SK - 1/vcl); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
I haven't heard all the Saturday night duo sessions at the Jazz Café but this one must be up there with the best.
We realised it would be different when Gerry recited Stanley Holloway's monologue Albert and the Lion as part of his soundcheck - a sad tale and enough to put anyone off taking their child to the zoo (although not other people's children!)

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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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