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Bebop Spoken There

“I win all the awards; others make all the money.”Buddy DeFranco (Down Beat February 10, 1966).

Bebop Spoken There Archives: Greg Abate to Mike Zwerin.

Today Wednesday April 23

Afternoon
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN -Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz. Raffles and a jolly afternoon.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES -Black Horse, 68 Front St, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE25 8DPPhone:0191 253 69311pm. Free.
Entertaining mainstreamers.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Regular workshop - sitters in welcome.
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BUSKERS NIGHT HOSTED BY RUTH LAMBERT - The Avalon, 26 South Parade, Whitley Bay. 9pm. Free.
All welcome. Keyboards, free buffet, drinks tokens for performers, real ale, real music.
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LEVEE RAMBLERS. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Band includes includes Peter Wright (tpt) and Ian Wynne (pno). Classic New Orleans.
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JAZZ AT THE BAY- Cleveland Bay pub, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE 01642 780275. 9pm.
The Teesside Hot Club swinging at the Bay. Fortnightly,Back on April 30.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ashington Jazz Club Preview

Katherine Stone’s a versatile singer capable of covering several genres. She has appeared at AJC several times and, on this occasion, much of her material will be drawn from the Great American Songbook. As well as teaching music at a local high school, Katherine has just returned from a successful stint with the resident trio on the cruise ship MS Amsterdam. 
The concert starts at 8 pm on Wednesday May 7 - £5 on the door.    
The Elephant Public House on Newbiggin Rd, which is where the jazz club started some 33 years ago, plays host to the club on the first Wednesday of every month . All styles of jazz have been featured over the years ranging from New Orleans to West Coast and beyond. Organizer John Taylor is currently putting together the  clubs autumn programme. He hopes to book a mix of artists including a seventeen piece big band. 
For more details ring 01670 813 983 or visit the clubs website.

CD Review: Great Voices of Harlem - Gregory Porter, Mansur Scott, Donald Smith & Paul Zauner's Blue Brass

Gregory Porter, Mansur Scott (vcls); Donald Smith (vcl/pno/Rhodes); Paul Zauner (tmb); Barney Girlinger (tpt/flug); Klaus Dickbauer (alt/bs clt); Klemens Pilem (ten/alt fl); Martin Reiter (pno/Rhodes); Wolfram Derschmidt (bs); Howard Curtis (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Gregory Porter name on the sleeve should be enough to have the fans scuttling to their nearest Amazon. The discovery that the great man only flies solo on three of the tracks may halt them in their tracks but it shouldn't. Even if Mr Porter had bought a ticket for Austria, and ended up in Crewe this would still be an important disc  - not least because it brings Mansur Scott and Donald Smith to a wider public.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pining For Courtney...

Despite our near blanket coverage of the recent Gateshead International Jazz Festival held at Sage Gateshead earlier this month, it has been brought to my attention that we, somehow or other, missed out on Courtney Pine - one of the mega attractions of the festival.
In an attempt to remedy this, if any of our readers were at the gig and would like to submit a belated review it would be most appreciated.
Lance.

The Jazz Machine @ The Victoria, Whitley Bay. April 22

Pepe Greenaway (alto saxophone), Jayne Robertson (flute), Tony Kindlan (guitar), Dave Parker (bass), Peter Ninnim (drums), Richard Herdman (guitar) & Ray Burns (harmonica & guitar)
(Review by Russell)
The Victoria on Whitley Road is a big roadhouse of a pub. Chelsea’s European adventure occupied the many plasma screens, a range of ‘popular’ (non-real ale) beers occupied the bar, sophisticated locals drinking brand lager from flower vases. A buskers’ night delayed by the football (FT 0-0), the jazz cats were at it, undisturbed, in the upstairs room. 

EVERYONE DESERVES MUSIC AT SAGE GATESHEAD

Sage Gateshead is hosting its second annual festival - ‘Everyone Deserves Music’- aimed at everyone interested in the value of music in our lives.
Teachers, musicians, music practitioners and music organisations will descend on the international music centre from April to hear from inspirational cultural leaders as well as performances from music degree students studying at the venue. The festival is being run in partnership with Sound Sense – the UK professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hurry on down to The Vic - new jazz venue. Show your support

Quick reminder if you live on the coast - north side - there's jazz on at the Victoria, Whitley Bay, tonight.
Give it a shot - Lance

I'll Join the Legion That's What I'll do!

The Royal British Legion Club in West Jesmond (Near West Jesmond Metro station) are, as of June, adding Friday nights to their jazz calender.
Forthcoming attractions include...
June 6: PG+, 13: Mo Scott Band, 20: Sarah Travena and 27: Mark Williams Trio.
These are in addition to the regular Tuesday night sessions featuring the Maine St., Jazzmen. More details when known.
Lance.

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. April 21

Brian Chester (keyboards, trombone, silly hat), Derek Fleck (clarinet, tenor saxophone, silly hat), John Carstairs Hallam (double bass) & Ollie Rillands (drums & vocals) + Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Miles Watson (trumpet,) Roy Gibson (keyboards), Doris Fenn (banjo), John Broddle (vocals), Theresa Armstrong (vocals) & Lisa Murphy (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Easter Monday, sunshine, Metro to the coast packed (buckets and spades, screaming tots, tattoos, harmless pit-bulls). A nice day to sit on the prom and watch the disembarked disport themselves. To more pressing matters…an afternoon of jazz in the Crescent Club. The club, like the train, packed, standing room only.

Alter Ego @ Blaydon Jazz Club. April 20

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Dave Hignett (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (keyboards), Tony Abell (double bass) & David Francis (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz Messengers were to be heard across the Tyne on Easter Day. Down river at the Bridge Hotel, Messenger Pete Gilligan preached the Gospel of Silver (H.Silver), up river Alter Ego the torch bearers for Blakey (A.Blakey). Two cracking bop outfits a matter of three or four miles apart on the same night - an impossible choice. Why Blaydon? No reason, one was sure to be as good as the other.

Paul Skerritt Band @ Cherry Tree. April 21.

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The tables weren't empty, the dance floor wasn't deserted and Paul Skerritt didn't sing Learnin' The Blues although he did croon plenty other classics from the Sinatra Songbook.
Like the opener, I've Got You Under my Skin followed by Witchcraft. I don't know if the chef dabbles in the occult but my opener of Pan seared breast of wood pigeon, raspberry vinaigrette and baby salad certainly had the edge on Eye of Newt - out of this world (as indeed was the unfortunate wood pigeon.). The Way You Look Tonight, If I Had You, My Funny Valentine, Fly me to the Moon, Ain't no Sunshine, I Get a Kick Out of You and Let There be Love. A line from this latter number could have been, Let there be char-grilled bistro rump, peppercorn butter, traditional steak garnish and, of course, fries.
The set closed with Fry me a Liver.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bombay Jazz Radio 4 - 4pm.

Radio 4 at 4pm today has what looks to be an interesting program on early jazz in Bombay.
Follow the link when available.
Lance.

Peter Gilligan Quintet The Music of Horace Silver - Splinter @ the Bridge April 20.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Don Forbes (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Grainger (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Zoe Gilby).
Zoe's interview with Peter Gilligan gave us a foresight of what to expect and we got it - in spades! It would be easy to say that you can't go wrong with the music of Horace Silver and you can't - providing you can play in the first place. These guys can play!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jazz at the Fighting Cocks, Middleton St George = This Thursday

Jazz at the Fighting Cocks, Middleton St George, returns this Thursday. Starting at 8.00pm, the gig features Noel Dennis (Trumpet) and Mark Toomey (Alto Sax) with the regular rhythm section with Paul Smith on drums, Pete Ayton on Bass and Jeremy McMurray on Piano. Guest vocalist Tony Maxwell will also join us.
It promises to be a great night of jazz, get there early!
Jeremy.

CD Review: Jeremy Wilms - Diamond People.

Jeremy Wilms (gtr/Rhodes); Matt Hilgenberg (tpt); Cochemea Gastelum (sax); Steve Blanco (keys); Danton Boller (bs); Tomas Fujiwara/Greg Gonzalez (dms); Reinaldo De Jesus (perc).
(Review by Lance).
Diamond People indeed! Wilms and his cohorts are just some of the many New York musicians (and likewise the many talented and creative musicians in this country) whose names may be lost mid-Atlantic were it not for sites such as ourselves.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Peter Gilligan interviewed by Zoe Gilby

Z: Tell us a bit about your band. How it formed? band line up and their influences?
P: The Music of Horace Silver band was formed following chats between Paul, Don and Myself about the prolific, brilliant composer that is Horace Silver. Prompted even further by the (inaccurate) reports of his death, we decided it would be cool to form a quintet and learn, play, attempt a selection of his music.

Burandanga @ Hoochie Coochie April 18.

Gemma Hutton/Belinda Voshtina (vcls); Alan Law (pno); Ian Simpson (gtr); Katy Trigger (bs); Paco Rivera/Carlos Rivera (perc.).
(Review by Lance).
Good Friday, Bad Friday, Any Friday "The Toon" is overrun with packs of hunters and predators roaming the streets in search of watering holes and mating opportunities. Those hoping to score for something more stimulating may have been drawn to Hoochie Coochie who were advertising Burundanga Free!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper, Jawbone Press.

(Review by JC)
I can still remember the excitement as a teenager of hearing the Mahavishnu Orchestra's album the Inner Mounting Flame for the first time. Obviously the speed of playing was staggering but so also was the fusion of jazz and rock and Eastern and Indian influences. And then there were some really weird, but memorable, time signatures. We knew about John McLaughlin from his recordings with Miles Davis, particularly Bitches Brew, but this was something else. The album was much played over the following months. Even now when some of us from those days meet up, a few MO tracks are usually played again.

CD Review: Yolanda Duke - Te Llevo Bajo La Piel

Yolanda Duke (vocal); Arturo Sandoval (piano & trumpet); Champian Fulton, Ricky Gonzalez, Sonny Bravo (piano); Ruben Rodriguez, Gerry Madera (bass); Willie-Cuch Be Wictha-Martinez (drums); Jose Madera (timbales); John Rodriguez (bongo, bell, guiro); Luis Quintero (conga, bongo, guiro, bell, timbales); George Delgado (conga); Bobby Portcelli (alto sax, flute); Pete Miranda (baritone sax); Mitch Fruhman, Pete Brainin, Todd Brashore (tenor sax, flute); John Walsh, Kevin Bryan, Pete Nater,Richard Viruet (trumpet); Lewis Kahn, Noah Bless, Reynaldo Jorge, Sam Burtis (Trombone)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Yolanda Duke grew up in New York City and she has performed in venues around the world with the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Orchestra.  She is experienced in singing Latin jazz, merengue, ballads, bossa nova, salsa and bolero, and this is her latest CD.  I’m no expert in those different styles but I know a good CD when I hear it, and this is certainly tops. 

Art Pepper

Go here to hear Art Pepper - it's beautiful in fact it's But Beautiful.
Thanks to Laurie Pepper for making this available.
Lance.

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie. April 17











Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs. gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis.)
In contrast to last month's "select audience" this time round the joint was jumpin'. Of course it was Easter Eve which is as good an excuse as any to get bladdered - the Hoochie slogan "Every true music believer now has their church" certainly rung true tonight.

CD Review Led Bib The People in Your Neighbourhood

Mark Holub (drums), Pete Grogan (alto saxophone), Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Liran Donin (bass) & Toby McLaren (keyboards & piano)
(Review by Russell)
A crowd funding campaign helped fund the making of Led Bib’s new release. The Mercury Prize nominated quintet have rewarded those who donated to the project with a recording embracing the familiar groove and newer chilled-out elements. Altoist Chris Williams’ own tune New Teles opens the album and it is the composer who sets the pace. 

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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.)
PS:I don't care what your political views are - you can love or hate Maggie, Tony, Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar - just don't air them here!
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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