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Bebop Spoken There

Freddie Hubbard: “Know what I miss most about New York? The drummers. You can't find any decent drummers but in New York-- most of the cats are there.”(DownBeat November 1981).
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Tony Glover: “They [the Slowlight Quartet] perhaps don’t yet know just how good they are.” – (Hexham Courant 17 April 2015) .

Today Saturday April 25

Afternoon.
DARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL - various venues across town until Sunday April 25. Details here.
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- Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - St. Augustine's, Larchfield St.., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12.30pm. £10.
.Monthly -Back on May 2
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PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP - Sage Gateshead. 2pm. £25/£22.
Players of all instruments and levels learn from the masters. First Saturday in the month - Back May 2.
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Evening
DARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL - various venues across town until Sunday April 25. Details here.
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Evening
DON FORBES & PETER GILLIGAN - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Trumpet and piano duo - nice one.
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JAMES BIRKETT (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.30pm.
Quality food and solo jazz.
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DB JAZZ PROJECT - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
One of the newer bands making waves.
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RUTH LAMBERT/PAUL EDIS - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 9pm - midnight. 0191 2331010.
More music in the Redwood Bar.
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RAY DALES (solo sax) - Hillcarter Hotel , 31 Church St, Hartlepool, TS24 7DH,
Start 7.30pm free admission further details tel. 01429 855800.
New weekly venture down Teesside way.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Sandpiper, Cullercoats. 8.30pm £3.
Monthly session featuring Maureen Hall and like- minded stompers. Back May 2

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Darlington Jazz Festival. April 24: Matt Roberts Sextet plays the music of Fats Navarro

Matt Roberts (trumpet), Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone), Ben Lowman (alto saxophone), Sam Watts (keyboards), Angus Milne (double bass) & Sam Gardner (drums).
(Review by Russell).
In preview Bebop Spoken Here advised early arrival. Minutes before the start of this gig in the upstairs room at the Voodoo Café it was standing room only. All seats taken, walls lined with dozens of people, some relegated to a spot in the corridor, numbers exceeding expectations.
An air of anticipation, a ‘buzz’ in the air. Returning local hero Matt Roberts was to play the music of Fats Navarro. At a guess, his sextet’s average age would be little more than thirty, if that. And what a sextet! Familiar faces, some less so, six superb jazz musicians. 

CD Review: London Afrobeat Collective - Food Chain

Funke Adeleke (vcl); Alex Farrell, Alex Szyjanowicz (gtr); Andy Watts (tpt); Edmund Swinburn (ten); Klibens Michelet (bar); Lee Crisp (cong); Zak Cohen (perc); John Mathews (bs); Farivar Gorjian (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Living the cloistered life that I do, Afrobeat, as a genre, hasn't clicked on my awareness gene, until now - not much call for that sort of stuff down 'wor street'.
Which is more the pity as it's great music to boogie to - I'm sure that if I played this on a summer's evening at full blast and opened the living room windows, the neighbours would be out in force either dancing on the Green or telling me where to go and it wouldn't be to Africa!

Friday, April 24, 2015

CD Review: Fulvio Sigurta - The Oldest Living Thing

Fulvio Sigurta (tpt/flug); Steve Swallow (el. bs); Federico Casagrande (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
If your jazz persuasion runs along the "Wham, Bang, Thank You, Ma'am" lines then this album is not for you.
However, if you've found a space in your heart for the lyricism of Chet, Miles, or/and Chris Botti then they'll have to move over to make space for Italian horn man Sigurta.

Ella El-Salahi @ King’s Hall. April 23

(Review by Russell).
Final year music student Ella El-Salahi sang at this week’s Thursday afternoon student performances session in King’s Hall, Newcastle University. The Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra vocalist performed two numbers – Angel Eyes and Omar’s The Man. On the first tune El-Salahi worked in the company of tenor saxophonist Faye MacCalman (herself a final year undergraduate). Expressive in voice, rich timbres, confident.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rendezvous @ The Monkseaton Arms

Maureen Hall and the boys have moved along the road (Front Street) from the Black Horse to the Monkseaton Arms. At short notice, Rendezvous Jazz upped sticks to the Monkseaton Arms (a roadhouse pub with its own jazz history) to maintain a weekly lunchtime session at the coast. As usual it’s a one o’clock start, admission free. 
Russell.

I’ll Tick That Jazz Beer (Hic!)

(Ramblings by Russell).
Last week’s annual Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival (the 39th!) was, as ever, a winner. Hundreds of beers to sup, thousands of beer drinkers doing exactly that. A silly hat event, a chill-out lounge, live music and…beer, beer and more beer.
Gentleman’s Nectar (4.2%) the first to be ‘ticked-off’. Brewed by Box Social Brewing in Newburn, the hoppy ‘West Coast’ pale beer comes from the same micro that has brewed Smoove and Turrell Transatlantic Pale Ale (4.2%). S & T and the boys visited the brew- house to sample the trial batch and gave it their seal of approval. The beer will be on sale at the Gateshead Beer Festival (May 1 – 3) and to mark the occasion Smoove and Turrell will be gigging at the event!

The Secret Gig of Riley @ The Lit & Phil. Monday April 27

(Preview/Investigation by Russell of the Yard)
The first Newcastle Noir takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May at the Lit & Phil on Westgate Road in Newcastle. Talks, tours and workshops will explore the multi-faceted crime writing genre. From page to screen, gangsters and gangs, the world of the legal eagle, it’s all there for the committed fan. There is, however, a mystery in the form of a ‘who dunnit?’ or rather a ‘who didn’t do it?’ that will forever remain unsolved.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jammin' @ The Caff - Jazz Café, Newcastle April 21.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms) + Joel Brown (pno); Stuart Finden (ten); Joe Fowler (tmb); Fiona Finden (vcl/sop); Rob Bates (dms); Joel's dad (bs); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Alexis Cairns (ten); Eric Stutt (dms); Tony Rose (bar); Yuya Honami (dms); Paul Gowland (alt); Ian Forbes (dms); Luke Stuart-Smith (bs); Fabio ? (gtr); Alec J.Gamble (cor) - there may have been more.
(Review by Lance).

Be There! Folk Meets Jazz@The Globe Thursday May 7

To quote a television comedy programme of yesteryear, ‘I shall say this only once’, at least for now anyway. 
The Folk Meets Jazz session in March was a great success, so it is being repeated on the first Thursday of every month, so the next one is Thursday May 7 at 8pm.  For instance, I hope Peter Ninnim comes again, as he was a great hit (oh dear, a pun) on drums for both folk and jazz.
Free Admission. Be there!

Ann Alex

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

VCJ @ The Globe this Sunday (April 26)

Hello everyone! 
Hope you can join us this Sunday (26 April) at the JazzCoop@The Globe for a Trad Night with the VCJ. The jazzmen go back to their roots playing at The Globe pub which is a 'stone's throw' from the old New Orleans Jazz Club behind the Central Station - a terrific night of trad nostalgia is assured. Doors 7.00pm. Showtime 7.30pm. Entry £5. 
Brian Bennett
(Bandleader and Banjoist.)

CD Review: Andrew DiRuzza - Shapes and Analogies.

Andrew DiRuzza (gtr/comp); Robert Espe (ten); Michael Jarvey (keys); Blake Shaw (bs); Marcelo Cardoso (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Jazz is an ever evolving art form and, whilst I don't always go along with some of the directions it takes, there are those who press onward and upward without losing the plot. Shapes and Analogies is just such an example. DiRuzza states that his objective was to to produce a refreshing, yet familiar sound, reminiscent of past and present influences in jazz.

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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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