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Bebop Spoken There

Ralph Sharon: "Statistics show that a baby is born every minute of every day and that every other one is a prospective drummer." - (Melody Maker Sept 13. 1947, From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Paul Booth: “My new favourite [instrument] is the didgeridoo and it’s already made its way into one of my gigs.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Wednesday July 1

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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TAKE THE REAL ALE TRAIN - Newcastle Central Station to Carlisle and back. 12.20pm. 01912510824.
Jazz and Ale - Band is the Vieux Carré 4 with, probably, Bennett, Fleck, Richardson and Wright and possibly Colin Aitchison.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Swinging mainstream band.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave and co welcome all-comers .
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BRADLEY JOHNSTON TRIO - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Good food and Good jazz (Johnston, Grainger, Stockdale.)
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DAVE RAE's LEVEE RAMBLERS - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
New Orleans style.
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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 - Tonight's the night!
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RUTH LAMBERT TRIO - Ashington Jazz Club - The Elephant, Newbiggin Rd., Ashington. NE63 0SZ. 8pm. £5.
Monthly - Tonight's the night and it promises to be quite a night!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Not the 9 o'clock News - Barking Mad Baker, Archie Shepp & the Devil’s Horn

(Preview by Russell)
Imagine…a jazz drummer, a jazz bassist and a blues guitarist get together, stay together for a short time, defining the blues-rock genre along the way. Cream sold albums by the diary load, called it a day and the drummer bought himself a polo team. Tuesday night’s Imagine…Beware of Mr Baker (BBC 1, 10:35pm) bravely ventures forth into the world of Ginger Baker. 

CD Review:Joel Harrison 5 - Spirit House

Joel Harrison (guitar & voice), Cuong Vu (trumpet), Paul Hanson (bassoon), Kermit Driscoll (bass), Brian Blade (drums & voice) + Everett Bradley (voice) & Adam Klipple (Hammond B-3)
(Review by Russell).
Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings label continues to release new material at a rate of knots. Joel Harrison’s Spirit House is a quintet assembly of the guitarist and four of his musical collaborators. The leader has written pieces with the musicians in mind, this isn’t a guitar-centric album. Trumpet and bassoon plus Harrison’s ‘saturated guitar voicings’ – a three-horn frontline – work with the bass and drums dream team of Kermit Driscoll and Brian Blade.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Folk Meets Jazz: Your Chance To Perform Both This Thursday

Once again it’s that time of the month when you get to hear both Jazz and Folk at the Jazz Co-op’s venue at the Globe in Railway Street. Open Mike, show how versatile you are, play both or either or come to listen.  PA, piano and drumkit provided, just bring your instrument, which includes voice.
Free entry, Raffle £1, 8pm, Thursday July 2.
All Welcome.  Be There!
Ann Alex

The Alligator Club - Fringe venue for Durham Brass Festival

A 4 day pop up venue for  this years Brass festival in Durham (July 16 - 19). 
Full details here.

CD Review: Kenny Carr - Idle Talk.

Kenny Carr (gtr); Donny McCaslin (ten); Kenny Wollesen (dms); Hans Glawischnig (bs).
(Review by Lance).
Kenny Carr spent ten years touring with Ray Charles, a span that only ended with the death of the blues maestro. McCaslin - feature article in this month's Downbeat - paid his dues at Berklee, with Gary Burton, stepped into Michael Brecker shoes in a reformed Steps Ahead before landing in the Maria Schneider Orchestra.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Saturday Night @ The Caff

Audience of reasonable size (not packed out like it could have been, but hey, it was a Saturday night…..)   However, the band gelled and Lindsay was on form. We’d have settled for nothing less!   
The (planned & advertised) Jam Session was something different. Only a few musicians brought their instruments, and after the audience removed themselves to the lower bar area, there was but one keen jammer with trombone in hand.  And, after he’d blown out his Birthday Cake candle, it was time (shortly before midnight) for Joe Fowler to call a few tunes.   The absence of drums could have left a big hole in the proceedings,   but the arrival of James Harrison allowed a piano accompaniment (striding like a maestro!!!) which filled the space very nicely!  Vocals from Lindsay, Joe F and at one point John Pope kept everyone on their toes.
A canny jam, with a sole volunteer making use of the house band, unless some spontaneous singing erupted after I’d left? …………
Ken D

News from Hummersknott

(Review by Tony Russell – no, not the Tony Russell!)
Hummersknott Academy, located in a leafy Darlington suburb, hosted Darlington Jazz Club’s big band night featuring the superb Durham Alumni Big Band and the Durham County Youth Big Band. Tony Eales, Bebop Spoken Here’s big band correspondent, as ever, took a front row seat in the Hummersnott rehearsal base and reports a big turn-out for the occasion.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - June 28


Peter Wright (tpt); Lawrence McBriarty (tmb); Paul Gowland (ten); Brian Bennett (bjo/vcl); Dave Percy (bs gtr); Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
(Review by Lance).
A bass guitar with the Vieux Carré Jazzmen?! Shock horror! - Peter Duker (AKA Deuchar), Gassy and Ronnie Robinson must be turning in their graves! However, in the 60 years that have elapsed since the VCJ first introduced New Orleans to Newcastle attitudes have changed. Washboards are out, drums are in. Likewise, the idea of the VCJ with tenor sax as opposed to a clarinet in the front-line would also have been unthinkable to the band's purist founders.
Tempus fugit and the current line-up is probably as good as any of its previous incarnations, not least because of Gowland's tenor.

Lindsay Hannon Plus: Jazz Cafe: June 27 - A ‘Women Make Music’ Schmazz presentation











Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
This proved to be a really good night of music-making. 
Starting with a few bars of just voice and bass, through to the final song, about falling in love with the idea of love, by way of loads of great solos from the band and Lindsay in fine voice this was a truly memorable session.  
The first set comprised songs from the band’s normal repertoire; the second set - new songs.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book now for weekend workshop 1-2 August at the Globe, Newcastle upon Tyne

Here's a good opportunity for anyone who plays a bit of jazz and wants to get better ... a whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills.
The weekend workshop has been developed following the success of our monthly Play Jazz! afternoon workshops held at Sage Gateshead. The weekend format will give participants the time and space to learn more and develop further. There’s also a great gig on the Saturday night and the opportunity to jam with professional musicians.
The tutors are James Birkett and Judith Thompson, two superb musicians and highly respected jazz educators.
The workshop is suitable for all instruments and a range of abilities. Vocalists are welcome. Minimum age 16.
For much of the weekend the participants will be divided into two groups – beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced. You’ll be able to improvise and interact with other musicians in an informal supportive situation.

Why Musicians Don't go to Other Musician's Gigs

Discussing the often asked question as to why musicians rarely go to other musician's gigs the best answer we came up with was that they don't want to let the guys playing the gig know that they don't have a gig that night!
Lance.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nik Svarc Trio @ The Jazz Café. June 26

Nik Svarc (guitar), Scott Devine (electric bass) & Dave Walsh (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Guitarist Nik Svarc played a trio gig at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival. On that occasion he worked with young guns Martin Longhawn and Steve Hanley. This Jazz Café gig featured groove meisters Scott Devine (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums). A select gathering – including two first year music students – took their seats in time for a prompt nine o’clock start.

Le Jazz Hot - C'est Si Bon!

Paris June 2015
(Review/Photos by Peter Ninnim)
750 people packed the Lecture Theatre in the  Maison des Oceans in Paris, paying thirty two Euros a head to see the Shai Maestro Trio present an off the wall programme of modern jazz. This was the “Festival Jazz at Saint-Germain des  Pres” in Paris.
By chance my good lady had booked us a five day Paris break coinciding with the first part of this two week event and what with that and all the normal Jazz clubs it was wall to wall jazz!

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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.
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