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Mike Westbrook: "Jazz is, what, 120 years old? And I've been a 'leader' for nearly 60." - (Jazzwise April 2019)

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Today Sunday March 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00-3:00pm. 1920's jazz in Trencher's, Restaurant, the Champagne Bar & Valerie's Tearooms.

More jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

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SOLD OUT!

Jason Isaacs - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £15.00. Standing only gig (limited booth seats).

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Blues

STAN - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free.

Percy & The Piglets - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Kinesis: Abbie Finn & Harry Keeble - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. £5.00. Darlington Jazz Club.

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Cancelled to be rescheduled!

Niffi Osiyemi Trio - Prohibition Bar, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

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Blues

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

CD Review: Ben Crosland Quintet- The Ray Davies Songbook Volume II

Ben Crosland (bass); Dave O'Higgins (tenor/soprano saxes); John Etheridge (guitar); Steve Lodder (piano/keys); Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Ray Davies, in my opinion, was every bit the songwriting genius that Lennon and Macca were. Even without the lyrics, the music stands on its own two feet which is more than you can say for many of the Beatles' numbers.

I discovered this after listening to Volume 1 of Ben Crosland's take on the Ray Davies Songbook and, almost three years on, Volume II has reinforced that opinion.

O'Higgins is at his finest on both Bb horns, Etheridge reinforces his position in the top echelon of jazz guitarists goosed along by a rhythm section that's just Dandy! Not all of the tracks are numbers that hit the top twenty, several were B-sides which, in retrospect, had they been given the  same amount of airplay that the A-sides received back in the day when pop fans studied the MM/NME charts as avidly as stockbrokers consulted the Financial Times then some of these gems would have had the recognition they deserved.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Andy Lawrenson Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle - March 21

Andy Lawrenson (violin, vocals); Simon O'Byrne (guitar, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass)
(Review by Russell) 

Andy Lawrenson described those taking their seats in Prohibition Bar as being part of a 'select' audience. On such occasions there seems to be a closer bond between musician and audience - the musician is there to play and the audience, such as it was, was there to listen.

The Andy Lawrenson Trio knows Prohibition Bar well having performed there last year although there was one major difference - Mitch Mitchell's gaff has since packed up lock, stock and barrel and crossed the Tyne from Brandling Street, Gateshead to Pink Lane, Newcastle. Otherwise, the place is much the same and, what's more, the late Keith Crombie would surely have approved of the changes made to what was once his gaff - that's the old Jazz Café - minus the clutter!  

‘Trad Jazz & Barbecue’ - Coach Trip to The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass

Proprietors, Vicki & Tony Jowett, are celebrating their 5th Anniversary managing the Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, with a splendid 'Jazz Barbecue Afternoon' and the Vieux Carré Jazzmen will perform in the beer garden at the rear of the pub.* 

The BBQ is a bargain £5 and will comprise Homemade Burgers in buns with fried onions and cheese (if wanted), Local Butcher's Sausages in bread rolls, salads and coleslaw - tickets will be sold at the bar to exchange for the BBQ - sandwiches and simple lunches such as Fish 'n' Chips will also be available between 12.00—2.00pm. 
*weather permitting - alternatively, we'll be in the function room.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

CD Review: Laurence Hopgood - tesseterra .

Laurence Hopgood (piano); Matthew Clohesy (bass); Jared Schonig (drums).
ETHEL: Ralph Farris (viola); Kip Jones (violin); Dorothy Lawson (cello); Corin Lee (violin).
(Review by Lance).

Described by pianist Hopgood as "third stream nouveau" - do we really need another genre? - tessaterra, a word of Hopgood's invention that roughly translates as "the sonic fabric of the world", features the former arranger, and associate of Kurt Elling, with his trio and a string quartet in support. 

With such profundity and the improbably named string quartet - ETHEL - in attendance, I anticipated seven original compositions with bizarre titles such as Lucretia Borgia's Farewell Toast.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CD Review: Roger Beaujolais Italian Trio - Barba Lunga

Roger Beaujolais (vibes); Alessandro Pivi (drums); Giacomo Dominici (acoustic/electric bass).
(Review by Lance.)

One of those fondly remembered bands of yesteryear was the Red Norvo Trio: Norvo (vibes); Tal Farlow (guitar); Charles Mingus (bass). Even without a drummer, they out-swung MJQ by a country freeway.

Step forward 60/70 years and we have the Roger Beaujolais Italian Trio. They're walking the same side of the street as Norvo did but with drums as opposed to guitar and a contemporary approach that loses nothing in the way of swing.

I first heard Beaujolais at The Cluny a good few years back, I think a callow youth called Russell was also there...

Black Swan Jam Session (in the Mezzanine Café) - March 19

Jeremy McMurray (piano); John Pope (drums); Dave McKeague (drums) + Steve Summers (alto/tenor saxes); Graham Easthope (soprano/tenor saxes); Jordan Alfonso (alto sax); Elliott Todd (trumpet); David 'Showtime' Gray (trombone); Paddy ? (clarinet).
(Review/PHOTOS by Lance).

Three cracking gigs in a row and if I'd been able to slot in Blaydon, Bishop Auckland and the Lit & Phil it would have been six!

I'm going to buck protocol and relive last night by starting at the finish. All the major players are on stage - this could have been JATP at Hartford, Connecticut back in the 1950s except it was 2019 in Newcastle. The fortnightly Jam at the Black Swan Arts Centre taking place, for this week only, in the Mezzanine Café. Accessible via a series of signposted twists and turns - by comparision the maze at Hampton Court pales into insignificance - the question debated by the contenders is as to whether the grand finale should be Cherokee or Caravan

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

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