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Bebop Spoken There

Joe Bushkin: "Bobby Hackett used to say: there are are two kinds of musicians - guys who play music and guys who make music. There's a wide gap there." - (Crescendo, October 1976).

Chick Corea: “I gigged around NYC as a drummer for a year-and-a-half. This was ’66, just before I got the gig with Stan Getz.” – (Down Beat December 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Friday December 19

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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ZOE GILBY QUARTET - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham City. 1pm. £4.
Get there early or book in advance.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Market Place, South Shields. 1pm-3pm.
Poundland's nearby but you get the VCJ for free!
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Evening.
DON FORBES QUARTET - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5 (£3 before 7.30pm.)
Welcome return by former long term resident at "The Caff".
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON - (Solo Guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond.
Superb Xmas Fayre and great music.
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ALTER EGO - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle, NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Hard bop specialists.
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DOUGIE PUGH QUARTET - Opus 4, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Td., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
Dougie on keys and Richie Emmerson on tenor with Vilda Kuby (bass) and Steve Burney (drums).
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ZOE GILBY - Matfen Hall, Matfen, Northumberland, NE20 0RH. 7.30pm.
One of the most picturesque settings in Northumberland, this is a posh diner gig so you got to get your old tuxedo pressed (etc) because Zoe's back in town (or in this case - country).

Friday, December 19, 2014

CD Review: Jakob Dinesen - Yasmin

Jakob Dinesen (ten); Darin Pantoomkomol (pno); Andres Christensen (bs); Jakob Hoyer (dms) Per Møllehø (gtr); Hugo Rasmussen (bs0 + string quartet.
(Review by Lance).
Just as the old saying goes that every comedian wants to play Hamlet, in our world I guess this equates with the belief that every jazzman wants to record with strings.
Many of then have - Bird, Dizzy, Brownie, Art (Pepper), Chet, Bobby Hackett, the list goes on. The artists themselves, generally speaking, enjoyed these breaks away from the wham bang thank you ma'am of their everyday gig at the office. By and large the critics didn't go along with it some even referring to jazz and strings as 'lift music'!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CD Review: Ruth Lambert Trio – Three

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Three is Ruth Lambert’s third CD release and the first with her trio of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass). Twelve tracks (six original compositions     and six standards) sustain a remarkably high standard of performance. Voice, guitar     and bass have been recorded with painstaking attention to acoustic detail by studio producer Adam Sinclair.

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Jazz Café. December 17

Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Ken Drew & Crufts)
Ruth Lambert had the world (and a rapt Jazz Café audience) on a string, wrapped around her finger. Lambert launched her trio’s new CD at Jazz North East’s Christmas Schmazz concert promotion. All seats taken, Ms Lambert, in the company of Giles Strong (guitar) and Mick Shoulder (double bass), gave a commanding performance in the art of intimate jazz singing.

Tenth Anniversary Bash @ Sage Gateshead. Dec. 17


(Report by Lance)
Talk about a party? This was a party! OMG just so much happening! We know that when Sage Gateshead throws a party it's going to be the best thing ever outside of Buckingham Palace and the White House. In fact the only thing that shaded it for London 2012 was that Roz Rigby didn't arrive by helicopter with 007 - where was Eddie Bellis when you needed him?
Apart from that, Sage Gateshead has never had quite a night like this! Jugglers, Gymnasts, Acrobats, Unicyclist, the ISIS window cleaners (this was when we felt we felt we really needed James Bond!). The steel pans, the percussionists producing the most amazing rhythms from the staircase rails.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jamming @ The Jazz Café - Dec. 16

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + David Gray (tmb/tpt); Johnny "Blue Hat" Davis (ten); Don Forbes (tpt); Rob Bates (dms); Michael Mather (dms); John Pope (bs); Briony Wright (vcl); ? (gtr).
(Review by Jamie O - a.k.a Lance)
Another recipe for Jam at "The Caff" and a potent one it is too.
Prepare a seasoned mixture of piano, bass and drums, add some yet to ripen trumpet (or wild trombone) and simmer for 12 bars or (much) longer. Bring back to the boil and add a black Selmer saxophone and a blue hat. Tenderly stir in a good measure of mature trumpet,  an assortment of percussionists and an extra bass. Separately prepare a generous helping of Ricki Lee Jones to spice it up and Voila! Nous avons la confiture.
All we need now is the bread...
Photos.
Lance.

Tonight! Ruth Lambert CD Launch

(Preview by Russell).
Singer Ruth Lambert launches her new CD tonight in the upstairs room at the Jazz Café. Three comprises standards and original compositions with Lambert in the company of a first rate guitar/double bass partnership. Sensitive, intimate guitar accompaniment to the singer of standards is an art form and in Giles Strong there is none better for Lambert. A sensitive double bassist is hard to find. Ms Lambert has found a gem in Mick Shoulder.

CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian – Hamburg '72

Keith Jarrett (piano, soprano saxophone, flute, percussion); Charlie Haden (double bass); Paul Motian (drums, percussion).
(Review by Hugh)
The Trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian was Keith Jarrett's first great band. This recording is of the trio playing live at NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg in July 1972. This concert was part of the first European tour for this trio, organised by ECM. Manfred Eicher returned to the original analogue sources 42 years later, remixing the music first recorded by NDR, together with engineer, Jan Eric Kongshaug. It is somewhat poignant that this work took place the day after Charlie Haden's death.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowmen from Prague visit the Bell & Bucket. December 16

Bell & Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band:
Paul Bacon (drums), Dick Straughan (piano), Mac Rae (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone) & Doris Fenn (banjo) + Marilyn Hunter (vocals), Eddie Casey (vocals) & Ray (percussion)
(Review by Russell).
A linen table cloth, paper party hats, tinsel. Yes, it’s Christmas pub grub time! A three courses meal – posh, eh? The Bell and Bucket on Norfolk Street in North Shields was busy. If it can’t do good business at this time of year it never will.
Paul Bacon’s Bell and Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band assumed their usual seats (the band is a New Orleans all-seated affair) and mixed it up; Tishomingo Blues the pick of the first few tunes. Guest vocalist Marilyn Hunter (tucking into turkey and trimmings) sang C’est Magnifique, the band pined for My Old Kentucky Home and Eddie Casey, saloon bar style, assured us I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby.

Jazz gigs at the Globe in January and February 2015

Jazz.Coop gigs are usually held on the first floor of the Globe. There’s a lift and accessible toilet.
Saturday 10 January 2015
STEPHEN GLENDINNING QUARTET
Top local jazz guitarist who features in so many bands, here fronting his own ensemble
Stephen Glendinning - guitar, Chris Jelly – vibes, Michael Clark – bass, Mark Robertson – drums.
Doors open 8pm
Late bar
Tickets available on the door: £5

Durham Alumni Take on the Yorkshire Suite. Dec. 14

Tony Eales, big band aficionado and friend of Bebop Spoken Here, reports that the  Durham Alumni Big Band did themselves proud at the Forum’s end-of-season jazz session. The Borough Road venue in Darlington welcomed the young Leeds-based composer James Hamilton who put the band through its paces in performing several challenging pieces including a recent commission, The Yorkshire Suite.
The Forum’s main hall accommodated a good number of supporters and many of the band’s big hitters impressed with cracking solos. Alex Baker took on the tenor parts, veteran ‘bone man Terry O’Hern (catch him at the Cluny, first Sunday in the month, knocking out top class rhythm and blues with the Smokin’ Spitfires) did the business, likewise Steve McGarvie (alto) and Dean Stockdale (keyboards) immersed himself in reams of Hamilton’s headache-inducing black dots.
The Forum’s jazz club reconvenes on Sunday 11 January (5:30pm) with the return of   the Jazz Tones. Two weeks later (Jan 25) be prepared to be impressed with the award-winning Durham University Big Band.   
Russell/Tony Eales.

Fancy a Pizza?

The Durham University Big Band are not only popular local favourites but also flex their chops further afield as on Sunday February 15 when they appear at the prestigious Pizza Express in London.
It's an afternoon gig kicking off at noon through till 4pm.
If you're going to be in the vicinity of the capital that day put it in your diary now.
Admission £15

Choose your Gig of the Year

Gig of the Year? Tough choice most years. This year I've narrowed it down to two, paradoxically six months apart to the very day.
March 14 - Gregory Porter at Hoochie Coochie. An incredible experience hearing the great man up close in a small venue.
September 14 - Richard Pite's Jazz Repertory Company recreating Jazz At The Philharmonic at London's Cadogan Hall. The 1940s alive and swinging. I was sitting in the gallery which is exactly where the music was aimed at.
At grass roots level, any of the Strictly Smokin' Big Band gigs - particularly the Sunday afternoon sessions at Hoochie.
They are my thoughts let's be having yours!
Lance.

Monday, December 15, 2014

DooWop (and more) Spoken Here!

Watching Bette Midler on ITV - what a performer. Loved her since the film For The Boys and various albums.
The show covered many aspects of her career but, for me, this is THE Track (not sung on the show) - Am I Blue?
Lance.

This Sunday at Blaydon.

Sunday 21st December - 8pm - £5.00
Christmas Concert (+ DIY buffet) - Roly Veitch/Jeremy McMurray Quartet plus guest Steve Andrews sax/clt
Steve Andrews, a masterful devotee of swing style sax/clarinet, joins with Jeremy pno, Roly gtr, Mick Shoulder bass and Adam Sinclair dms.
As is the custom please bring some small food contribution to add to the buffet selection.

Roly.

Hello 2015 - New Year’s Eve Party at the Jazz Café Pink Lane, Newcastle.

8pm-2am . 
Two Floors, Two Bars, Live Music to dance to, a Light Buffet, and Festive Fun.
8.30pm Ruth Lambert & Mark Williams (ground floor cafe)
A favourite Jazz Singer and an ace guitarist get the night underway with smooth sounds.
11pm onward Havana Club 5 upstairs venue with dance floor.
Havana Club 5 are a gifted Latin Jazz ensemble playing a spirited mix of standard and original tunes with authentic Latin and Afro-Cuban grooves.

Splinter Jam Session @ The Bridge. Dec. 14.

Alan Law (pno); John Pope (bs); Jonathan Marriott (dms) + Zoë Gilby (vcl); Matt Müller (pno); Andy Champion (bs).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Zoë had been scheduled to sing at a Whitley Bay eaterie but fortunately, for us, unfortunately for her, the gig was cancelled at the last minute so we had a top class chanteuse to compensate for the minimal number of jammers present.
After a couple of impressive Alan Law originals, one of which - a jazz waltz - contained a piano solo to die for, Mrs Champion gave out with Bye Bye Blackbird. This must be one of the most often played tunes ever yet, unlike say Summertime, to me it always sounds fresh and Zoë's version did it no harm at all.

Digital Review: Big Chief - Blues in Twos

Dick Heckstall-Smith (sop/ten); John Fry (ten/vcl); Mike Jacques (gtr); Adrian Paton (elec. pno); Tony Edwards (dms/vcls); Cliff Colins (vcl on Stormy Monday).
(Review by Lance).
Recorded in 1982 at the Pegasus pub in Stoke Newington these previously unreleased tracks are a timely reminder of one of the UK's best ever "Blues 'n Roll" bands. I don't think I ever visited the Pegasus - in fact. listening to this digi release, I know I didn't. I wouldn't forget blasts like this!

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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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