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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Saturday March 25

Afternoon

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Evening

James Harrison (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

James Harrison & Caroline Bagley @ Jazz Café - March 24

James Harrison (keyboards & piano) & Caroline Bagley (alto saxophone & vocals)
(Review/Photo by Russell).
Friday nights at the Jazz Café have, of late, seen large crowds turning out to hear a succession of duo performances, and this week’s gig saw a quick return for pianist James Harrison, fresh from a stupendous jam session earlier in the week, working alongside a newcomer to Pink Lane, Caroline Bagley. Family and friends of the duo were out in force putting prime seats at a premium. Starting on time, what would the Teessiders play?
Autumn Leaves, Sunny and Moondance for starters with Bagley playing alto saxophone and, to the delight of many, singing. Ms Bagley first appeared on Bebop Spoken Here’s radar something like a decade ago when Jazzaction’s Sunday lunchtime workshop series in Stockton on Tees developed a succession of accomplished musicians, many of whom are today’s established names gigging on a regular basis throughout the region and beyond. 

Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche avec Picasso, Miró et al @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - March 24

Mick Shoulder (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Edis (clarinet) & Paul Susans (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis).
Mick Shoulder mixes with superstars as a matter of routine. This Friday lunchtime concert in the McGuinness Gallery at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, the second in a new monthly series of jazz gigs in the resurgent County Durham market town, featured Shoulder’s Swing Manouche outfit playing to a large audience including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Elizabeth Frink.

CD Review: Partikel - Counteraction.

(Review by Steve H).
Partikel began life as a sax, bass and drums acoustic trio. However, they continually evolve their line up with different combinations of musicians. For this album, they have added guitar, cello, violin, flute, baritone sax and electronics and they all contribute to a marvellous canvas of contemporary, free-spirited jazz.
A quiet intro into Land and Sea leads to a very melodious up-tempo piece with Duncan Eagles on tenor the central figure. Scenes and Sounds continues at a fine old pace with Anna Cooper’s flute having an almost Tullish effect as in Jethro. Ant Law then produces a fine solo before Eagles sees the piece calmly out. 
Lanterns is another strident piece with Eric Ford on drums giving it a fine bish bosh and bassist Max Luthert keeping a fine ensemble piece going.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Street Scene

Russell captured this Edward Hopper-like image of Paul Ruddick blowing All the Things You Are on Northumberland Street.

Andchuck @ Hoochie Coochie - March 23

Nick Seymour (alto saxophone), Jack March (guitar), Tom Chapman (electric bass) & Gabriel Alexander (drums).
(Review/photos by Russell)           

Hoochie Coochie presents some of the finest soul, funk and jazz acts on planet Earth. Proprietor Warren Thomson offers performance opportunities to emerging musicians and this evening’s gig presented four students from the Royal Northern College of Music calling themselves Andchuck.
With an average age of something like twenteen, the Andchuck guys can play, no question! Four immensely talented young men, Andchuck gig at Matt and Phreds, Manchester and have played Manchester Jazz Festival. Tonight was an opportunity to hear them right here at 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Archipelago @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University - March 23

Faye MacCalman (tenor saxophone & clarinet), John Pope (electric bass) & Christian Alderson (drums)
(Review/photo by Russell)
And now for something a little bit different…’skronky garage-jazz’. The Western classical tradition, folk music and an occasional jazz concert is the usual bill of fayre at a term-time King’s Hall lunchtime concert. Archipelago, the Tyneside-based trio of Faye MacCalman, John Pope and Christian Alderson incorporate MacCalman’s ‘collage-inspired compositions’, Alderson’s interest in ‘avant-rock to jazz to noise’ and Pope’s ‘lifelong engagement with jazz, funk, rock music, pop-culture and mysticism’ resulting in a mélange of ideas and sounds.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival celebrates Lena Horne centenary









(Press release)
Sage Gateshead celebrates the songs of Lena Horne in her centenary year with BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal, accompanied by her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra conducted by world class trumpeter/composer Guy Barker. Opening this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival (Friday 31 March), ‘The First Ladies of Swing’ celebrates timeless classics from the great American and British songbooks made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne. 
Lena Horne was one of the great African-American figures in 20th century entertainment. She was a dancer, movie star, civil rights activist and singer.  She was also a great friend of Billy Strayhorn, who famously worked with Duke Ellington.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CD Review: Keith Oxman - East of The Village

Keith Oxman (tenor); Jeff Jenkins (B3); Todd Reid (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The organ trio has long been an integral part of the music. Sometimes frowned upon by purists but loved by others - myself included.
A tenor player in full flight, goosed along by an A1 B3 merchant and a driving drummer is a good place to be and, here we have those essential ingredients in one package.
Once again, I wonder where they will click outside of their Denver base. In a perfect world, they'd be touring the globe and, if they ever hit Newcastle upon Tyne, they'd be a natural for the Jazz Coop's Globe HQ. Not to mention Sage Gateshead, Hoochie, The Caff and all jazz venues between Newcastle and (including) Ronnie's.

An embarrassment of riches @ The Jazz Café - March 21

(Review/Photos by Russell).
This one was off the scale! Hanoi Pete created an opening for a budding piano dep. Step forward Mr James Harrison. Superb piano playing from the off – A Train, Our Love is Here to Stay, tonight was going to be good. A cast of thousands assembled in the wings, Ray Johnson (flugelhorn) got in there early – Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise with Harrison fleetingly quoting Puttin’ on the Ritz.
David Gray, trombone, does Latin (DG does anything and everything). Mr Strictly Smokin’ Michael Lamb, trumpet, joined DG on Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Harrison incorporating something like a stride pattern), up jumped Alex Saxon on flute, drummer Matt MacKellar joined the party, the show was well and truly on the road. The joint jumpin’, this, the Jazz Café jam session the greatest free show in town!

GIJF 2017 - Not long now...

Just a reminder (as if you needed one!) that Gateshead International Jazz Festival is just over a week away. Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2 once again sees Sage Gateshead become the epicentre of the British Jazz World.
A whole host of goodies in store with something for just about everyone.
Programme.
Lance
(See you there.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Before Tubby there was Harry

They weren't related although I'm sure Tubby dropped by Harry's place to have his tenor de-elasticated from time to time. Without saxophone players and postmen the elastic band industry would have collapsed years ago.
I mention Harry Hayes as, in the process of bringing some form of system to my CD/LP/Tape/78/etc collection, I discovered I had a couple of CDs by Harry Hayes and his Band.
I'd forgotten just what a delightful band this was. Recorded either side of D-Day and beyond, this was a band reminiscent of an Ellington or a Benny Carter small group and, indeed, Hayes' alto is not too far removed from Benny Carter himself.
The sidemen are also big hitters of the time - Kenny Baker, George Shearing, Tommy Whittle, George Chisholm, Aubrey Franks, Norman Stenfalt - to mention but a few.
The music straddles that period before Bop had fully crossed the pond or the revivalists had begun to wave their banjos.
It's the kind of band I'd like to hear today.
The discs were issued on Hayes' own label so I don't know if they're still available.
Listen to Drop Me Off at Harlem and you may want to find out more - or even start a band!
Lance.

Triggerlawross @ The Globe March 18

Alan Law (keys); Katy Trigger (bass guitar); Matt Ross (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Yes, as suggested by the name, a monstrous new band has entered the local jazz scene: Alan Law playing as you’ve never heard him before, Katy Trigger giving the bass an equal status from her place at the right-hand side of stage front, and Mr. Ross giving it all on the drum kit. Eight or so long pieces, all original tunes, sounding as if most of the work had developed from improvisation, sometimes flowing lyrical keys, sometimes strong chords from the low end of the piano, then insistent, repeated riffs, often exchanged between piano and bass. An adventurous bass, lyrical, and then interestingly jangly and breathy by turns. And the drummer doing what drummers do, but more so.

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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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