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Bebop Spoken There

Richard Rodney Bennett: "I have to will myself into symphonic music, but jazz - I just jump joyfully in." - (Crescendo, July 1982).
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Laura Jurd “I’ve been making things up on the piano for as long as I can remember.” – (Jazzwise February 2015).

Today Sunday February 1

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
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WHIPLASH - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1
Much publicised film about an aspiring drummer and his tyrant of a teacher. More details.
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COMBO GIG - The Forum, Darlington. 5.30pm - Band 6pm.
Back on Feb 8 .
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly, Back on Feb. 22.
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? - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn. Also happy hour 3pm-5pm beer/lager £2 a pint!
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, back Feb. 8.
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Evening.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!.
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No gig this week - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £6. 8pm.
Back on Feb. 22 w. PAUL BAXTER BAND.
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - back in February!
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Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Back March 15, 2015 with SSBB!.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Mo Scott and Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café - Jan 31

Mo Scott (vcl); Dean Stockdale (pno).
(Review by Lance/photos by Mike Tilley . )
The concept behind The Jazz Café's Saturday night policy of booking duos, apart from the financial aspect, is one that is fraught with danger - particularly when the participants aren't a regular working duo. The end result can sometimes be akin to combining custard and mustard!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Desert Island Discs

Bill Gallon drew this item to our attention - Louis Armstrong Desert Island Discs Archived On-line.
Thanks Bill.
Lance.

Dead Hedge Trio @ The Jazz Café. January 30










Nick Branton (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Rory Ballantyne (guitar) & Michael Metcalfe (drums)
(Review by Russell/photos by Kath Jobes - left - and Mike Tilley - Right.)
All seats were taken before the eight o’clock start. The Dead Hedge Trio started on time. Liverpool based, a gig in Leeds the previous evening, the trio were, for the first time, on the road in earnest. Saxophone, guitar and drums and, of course, a few pedals.
Tenor man Nick Branton the (visual) focus, the trio kicked-off with North West and Lonely Woman. The Jazz Café, essentially a standards jazz venue, took a little while adjusting to the sound of Dead Hedge.

Gig of the Month (January)

I haven't been to very many gigs this month so perhaps my colleagues Russell, Steve, Ken, Ann, Kath etc can add their choices.
For me the Paul Skerritt Band at Hoochie Coochie stood out as did The Allsorts Band at The Globe, The DB Project at the Jazz Café and, of course, the two jam sessions at the latter venue.
I look forward to your choices.
Lance.
PS: Of course tonight's gigs at the Jazz Café or The Globe could well join the above list!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone. January 29

(Review by Russell)
The Strictly Smokin’ session at the Millstone is fast becoming the ‘must get to’ gig on the local scene, second only to the band’s all too infrequent appearances at Hoochie Coochie. Word of mouth has ensured all seats are taken in advance of the seven o’clock start in the upstairs room of the Haddricks Mill Road hostelry. Arrive early to bag a seat.
One or two deps (to be expected in a band of this size) spiced it up a bit and MD Michael Lamb went to and fro – trumpet section to rostrum – keeping an eye/ear on developments.  For openers – Song for My Father and the sing-a-long Sweet Georgia Brown.

CD of the Month (January)

As usual there has been no shortage of CDs for review this month and, in any other month, just about each and every one could have got the nod.
As it is, my choice goes to
The Jeff Hamilton Trio - Great American Songs (Capri Records).
Closely followed in no particular order by
Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet (ECM).
Tom Green Septet - Skyline * (Spark).
Alex Garnett - Andromeda (Whirlwind).
Wildflower Sextet - Wildflower. (Jellymould).
These are purely my choices, I'm sure our other reviewers/readers will have their own ideas so please let us have them.
Lance.
* The Tom Green Septet are at the Jazz Café (Newcastle) on Tuesday Feb. 24.

Jason Isaacs

The date for your diary is Sunday February 8  at Hoochie Coochie (5pm, doors 4pm)..
Jason Isaacs!
Jason goes down a storm wherever he appears, be it at Newcastle City Hall, Bon Bar or Boisdale down in London's trendy Canary Wharf.
He blows good saxophone too and has a band of aces backing him up.
The occasional Sunday Afternoon Swing Sessions at Hoochie  with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band and The Paul Skerritt Band have pulled in the fans and I'm sure Jason Isaacs and the Ambassadors of Swing will do likewise.
£15 - sale of the century!
Lance.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

EP Review: The Hot Wok - I Have to Peas

Raúl Romo(alt/bar); Gonzalo Fdz. de Larinoa (tmb); Perico Ráez (dms); Jon Ander Sanchez Revach (helicon); Coco G. Diez (vbs).
(Review by Lance).
I'm not quite sure how to pigeon-hole this disc from Spain - Spanish Funk? (Spunk!). It's dancy, it's jazzy and I'm not surprised that Hoochie offered them a gig if they came to NEUK (North East United Kingdom) - they're that kind of band - NUKE them they would!.

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. January 28

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Don Forbes (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums) & Matthew MacKellar (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Alice in Wonderland. Stop! said workshop leader Dave Weisser. A false start. The ‘E’ is missing, I can’t play the melody said Barry Ascroft. How reassuring to know that some things are for ever! Take it to the Bridge keeps on keeping on at the Chillingham, come rain or come snow.
Snow flakes skirting the Chilli, someone called a couple of Jobim tunes – the wonderful juxtaposition wasn’t lost (a chilly Chillingham to a cooking Copocabana). Jobim didn’t proceed without discussion: Nah, scrap that, come in last beat, fourth bar. You couldn’t make it up! Drummer Norman Redhead had seen and heard it all before, taking it in his stride. Weisser decided to opt out of Joy Spring and Redhead willingly vacated the drum stool to the late arriving Matthew MacKellar (detention at school? – “Not quite my tempo Matthew”).

The Globe in February...

Some good things happening at the Railway Street HQ of the Jazz Co-op next month - check them out here.
Lance

CD review: Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago

Jack DeJohnette (drums), Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), Larry Gray (double bass & cello), Roscoe Mitchell (sopranino, soprano & alto saxophones, baroque flute, bass recorder) & Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone & bass flute)
(Review by Russell).
Made in Chicago was made at the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival. Five veterans of the scene on Chicago’s Southside united after fifty years travelling the globe in their own and other bands to open the thirty fifth edition of the Windy City’s annual parkland jazz jamboree. 
Jack DeJohnette accepted an invitation to put together a group entirely of his choosing to play music of his/their choosing. The legendary drummer made a few calls to friends and the project was on. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Laura Jurd Septet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. January 27

Lauren Kinsella (voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Chris Batchelor (trumpet), Colm O’Hara (trombone), Mick Foster (bass saxophone), Alex Roth (guitar) & Corrie Dick (drums)  
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Last Tuesday in the month, Jazz North East’s Schmazz strand, upstairs at the Jazz Café. The ‘Caff’ was closed, the shutters down. Had Laura Jurd’s gig been cancelled? Ah! Of course, the gig had been scheduled in the Black Swan around the corner!
The Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road was open for business. The Black Swan – a basement bar and performance space – is a large venue. Jazz North East anticipated a larger audience than usual for the visit by the much talked about trumpeter and, indeed, a larger than usual audience turned up.

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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.)
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