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Bebop Spoken There

Larry Coryell: "Listen, mister, the only reason you're complaining [about Coryell's long hair] is because you're old and you're going to die before I do. I'm going to inherit the earth, not you, so all your complaining doesn't bother me." - (Down Beat June 29, 1966).

Scott Henderson: “Saxophone players always have the best lines.”(Jazz Journal January 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Thursday July 24

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE. 8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Richie Emmerson (ten); Ray Dales (alt); Bryn Jones (keys).
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PETER GILLIGAN & FRIENDS - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8.15pm. Free.
Top trio with Mark Williams on guitar. Plus 2 for 1 cocktails - what's to think about?!
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - Lotus Lounge, 72 Fairfax Court, High St., Yarm TS15 9AE. 9pm. Free. 01642 355558.
New venue featuring top quality vocals and instrumentals.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Fighting Cocks, Darlington Rd., Middleton St. George, Darlington DL2 1JT. 01325 335253. 8pm. Free.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith + Mark Toomey (alto); Jackie Summers (vocal).
Back on August 7.
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THE PILGRIM STREET SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm. Free.
Always a gas with some of the best jazz people on stage.
Monthly - Back on August 21.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Back July 31

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jazz Services - An Open Letter to the Arts Council

Jazz Services has sent an open letter to Alan Davey re the recent withdrawal of their funding by the Arts Council.
Link.
Lance.

RISING NORTHERN JAZZ TALENT TO GET FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

AN OUTSTANDING band of young musicians is being given the chance to make its name, thanks to a pioneering initiative by Jazz North, the organisation devoted to nurturing and showcasing talent.
Jam Experiment, comprising five musicians from Manchester aged from 16 to 18 is the first beneficiary of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, which offers them high-profile exposure at leading jazz festivals in the north, along with help in promoting themselves.

Jazz Café Jam. July 22.

Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms). + Debra Mil;ne. Ann Alex, Eva (vcls); Paul Scott (gtr/vcl); Paul Gowland (alt); Richard Herdman (gtr); Ray Truskett (bs); Johnny Davis (ten); Andy ? (ten) + ? (drums); ? (piano); ? (gtr) etc.
(Review by Lance).
The advertised Peter Gilligan was in Manchester so it was guitarist Steve Glendinning who took on the role of lynch pin 'twixt house band and jammers of which there were an abundance tonight.
The room too was crowded and the atmosphere was as sizzling as the setting sun outside. Too much to recall in detail.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Edinburgh Fringe Jazz 2014

The Playtime team, who stage weekly jazz sessions at the Outhouse in Edinburgh, have announced an expansion of activities during the city’s Fringe festival.
Beginning with pianist Dave Milligan on Monday August 4, guests including saxophonist Julian Arguelles, organist and former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Pete Johnstone, and bassist Brodie Jarvie will feature in a programme that runs until August 21 in the Outhouse’s congenial, intimate loft.
Situated just round the corner from the city centre terminus of Edinburgh’s new tram system, the Outhouse has proved a popular Fringe jazz venue over the past few years, with American singers Barbara Morrison and Lillian Boutte among those who have enjoyed successful residencies there, and the Playtime series will supplement similar residencies this year with early evening and late-night concerts.

Noel Dennis & Friends @ The Cherry Tree July 21.

Noel Dennis (tpt/flg); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Neil Harland (bs).
"I'm in a Chet Baker mood tonight" said Noel. "Really?" I replied, hardly surprised - Chet is his alter ego. Indeed I sometimes wonder if Noel isn't a younger, cleaner living, relation of Chet's!. 
Tonight was an absolute gem of jazz chamber music. Noel is the only brass man I know who sounds as cool on trumpet as he does on flugel.
There is no Greater Love and the Lincolnshire Poacher & Spinach Soufflé was my delight this Monday night followed by Four, a Tom Harrell number. and Beautiful Love which summed up the Chargrilled Bistro Rump Steak with Peppercorn Butter and Traditional Steak Garnish.
Everything Happens to Me and Freddie Freeloader rounded off the set although I was far from feeling any kind of blue - how could I after Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream? Not to mention the superb playing of these three aces.
Lance.

Monday, July 21, 2014

CD Review: Tommaso Starace Quartet - Italian Short Stories.


Tommaso Starace (alt/sop); Michele Di Toro (pno); Attilio Zanchi (bs); Tommy Bradascio (dms) + Paolo Fresu (tpt/flg - 4 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
After writing yesterday in favour of American jazz, along comes this one from Italy that compares favourably with just about anything I've heard Stateside in recent years.
Subtitled "Plays the photos of Gianni Berengo Gardin", Starace's inspiration is the black and white photos of internationally renowned Italian photographer Gardin.
Those who heard Starace and Di Toro at the JNE promoted gig at The Chilli in May 2011 will know that quality is the name of the game here, even if it is totally different from that momentous evening.

Jumpin’ Hot Club stage @ Summertyne Americana Festival. July 20

(Review by Russell).
The weather forecast for Sunday afternoon at this year’s Americana Festival was so much better than Saturday’s rain-interrupted affair. Noon. A dog day afternoon - hot, humid, an expanse of blue sky over Sage Gateshead. Folding tables and chairs, picnic baskets, rugs, a chuck wagon to feed a Confederate platoon and beer a-plenty to wash it all down.
The pick of the day’s action scheduled at either end of the day suggested a split shift visit to the pub was in the offing for your Bebop Spoken Here correspondent. Fickle Lilly are a busy band gigging around the north east. Making a return visit to Gateshead, their early start (and early finish) enabled them to head north to play a set later in the afternoon at a blues festival in Wooler. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CD Review: Ellen Rowe Quintet - Courage Music.

Ellen Rowe (piano/comp./arr); Andrew Bishop (ten/clt); Ingrid Jenson (trumpet/flug); Kurt Krahnke (bass0; Pete Siers (drums). + Paul Ferguson (trombone); University of Michigan Chamber Jazz Ensemble.
(Review by Lance).
One of the beauties of the internet and blogs such as this is that, although Bebop Spoken Here began as a hub for happenings in the north east of the UK, such is the universality of cyberspace that borders cease to exist. For all we know, the Vieux Carré Jazzmen may well have followers who really do know what spring is like on Jupiter or Mars - one local jazz person has, I'm told, already suggested them for a tour of those very planets.

Newbiggin Festival July 25-27

Lots going on at Newbiggin by the Sea next weekend. Thanks to John Taylor for bringing it to my attention.
Details.
Lance.

Jumpin’ Hot Club stage @ Summertyne Americana Festival. July 19

(Review by Russell).
The weather forecast spelled the end of the world. The Jumpin’ Hot Club’s outdoor stage at Sage Gateshead could be blown down the banks of the Tyne and swept out to sea. The prospect failed to deter the hordes determined to sample all things Americana. The arena to the east of Sage Gateshead – Performance Square – offered little or no protection from the elements so the ubiquitous Stetson could come into its own.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Last Night @ The Globe

Couldn't make it to The Globe last night for the Jazz Co-op's first  gig but, going by Debra Milne's photo on F/b, looks to have been rather busy.
Lance

Summertyne Americana Festival. July 18

The choices last night were many - Opening gig at the Globe, Paul Edis at the Jazz Café, BBC Big Band at Durham or the Summertyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead.
I opted for this latter event, not least because of the idyllic pre concert open air setting with bands playing on Performance Square.
In Hall One, Earl Thomas and the Royal Guard were billed as the support act and what a support act they were! With a powerful horn section, Nord keys and rhythm they lifted the roof. The charismatic singer dished out the soul as we closed our eyes and moved over to "The Motor City". An absolute gas!
Steven Seagal and his Blues Band had it all to do but, as befits a Hollywood action legend and accomplished blues musician, he, with the help of Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) did it! Taking us from Chicago down to the Mississippi delta and back again. The Hall was heavin'! My only complaint, the back of stage lighting made it difficult to see the performers clearly. Still, hearing was what mattered and we heard!
On this showing I think Seagal could give up the day job!
Lance.
The festival continues today and Sunday - saddle up the mustang, Sally.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi with the New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Caedmon Hall, Gateshead. July 17

(Review by Russell).
Dave Kerr, mastermind of the unique New Century Ragtime Orchestra, pulled off a coup in bringing to Tyneside not one but two virtuoso pianists. On a sultry summer’s evening his efforts were rewarded with the Caedmon Hall being full to capacity. 
A four hands piano jazz fiesta formed the centre piece of the programme. Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi played two, three and four-handed piano (at times it seemed that six, seven or eight hands were on the keyboard such was the dazzling playing). Trick from St Louis, Missouri and Alderighi from Milan, Italy, first met in Switzerland at a gathering of some of the finest exponents of classic jazz piano styles and some six years on are touring the world with their ragtime, stride and swing era show. To one side of the piano a tripod-mounted camera focused on the keyboard projecting real-time moving images to a screen above the stage. This proved to be an excellent idea allowing all in the hall to see the two pianists’ hands working in tandem, often at bewildering speed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jazz Summer Party @ The Globe Tomorrow (Friday July 18)

The first jazz event at the UK’s first co-operatively-owned music venue
jazz, swing, funk, dance and poetry
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band
It’s big – 18 of the best jazz musicians in the region – and it’s smokin’ – mixing a deep reverence for the big band tradition with the immediacy of the 21st century to produce a truly classic yet highly contemporary sound.
Funkmaster Jazz
DJ playing sounds to reflect and guide the mood of the night from steaming to chilled. Keeping us dancing till 2am.
John Challis
Poet, producer and editor. Winner 2012 Northern Promise Award. Director of the Newcastle-based live literature, theatre and music events company, Trashed Organ.
Doors open 7.30pm … Dancing till 2am
Tickets £7 on the door or buy in advance from Eventbrite to ensure admission
Make a noise about this and tell all your friends on Facebook.
Jazz Co-op

This Monday (July 21) @ Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond

Welcome return to the North East of the great trumpet player
NOEL DENNIS with Jeremy McMurray (piano) and Neil Harland (double bass).
Come along and listen to some of the very best musicians and be served fine food. 'Best value night out in town'
Great Table d'Hote supper menu: Two Courses only £16
No cover charge.

RIP Johnny Winter.

One of the most iconic bluesmen died yesterday age 70. Johnny Winters was on tour in Europe and died in a Zurich hotel room.
Included in Rolling Stone magazine's top 100 guitarists (63) Winters heavily influenced the career of Muddy Waters producing several of his later albums including the 1981 release King Bee.
Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, former lover Janis Joplin and The Stones were just some of the many whose lives intertwined with Johnny Winter.
Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

CD Review: New York Standards Quartet - The New Straight Ahead.

Tim Armacost (ten/sop); David Beckman (pno); Daiki Yasukagawa (bs); Gene Jackson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
As the name implies, a quartet playing standards. So what's new? I hear you ask. After all, standard playing quartets are a dime a dozen. Well yes they are and no they're not! What I mean by that politician style remark is that, to quote a standard that isn't on the CD, 'Tain't  What You Do It's the Way That You Do It.

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

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