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Bebop Spoken There

Pete Rugolo: "Never feel that you have to set the world on fire in one go. Remember you are going to write a thousand arrangements- (Crescendo August 1993 ).
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Pete Oxley: “I got into jazz when I was about 14 and remember my dad telling me that I’d get bored very quickly, as the music only comprised a few chords that kept getting repeated. My dad was a cathedral organist!” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

Today Thursday March 5

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE.8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Ray Dales (alt); Jeff Aucott (keys); Kevin Eland (tpt); Ernie Jackson (dms).
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AZYMUTH - 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. £12. 9pm.
Long established jazz/funk band making welcome return to top venue.
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FOLK MEETS JAZZ - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle, NE4 7AD. Free. 8pm
The twain meet! Folkies and jazzers - a chance to discover new directions and alternate genres!
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MAURIZIO MINARDI TRIO - Queen's Hall, Hexham. 8.30pm. £10.
Tour promoting MM's CD Piano Ambulance which I reviewed enthusiastically back in December last year. Good to have him include Hexham in his stop off points.
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GO GO PENGUIN - Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, SR1 3JE. 8pm. £8.. 0191 5142229.
New venue in Sunderland for popular band.
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BUDTONES - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham City. 8pm. £4.
Hard swinging post bop band with vocals.
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - St. Joseph's CMS Club, Birtley. 8.15pm. £3/£2.50.
Maureen Hall and her jazzers. Monthly - Tonight's the night!.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Back March 26
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA w. EMMA WILSON - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. 8pm.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith and guests.
Monthly - Back March 26.
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INDIGO JAZZ VOICES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. Free.
Monthly, back March 12.
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PILGRIM STREET SET - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8pm. Free.
Hard blowing modern. Monthly - Back on March 12.
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA + EMMA WILSON - Catholic Club, Billingham. 7.30pm. £1.
An evening of Jazz and Blues. Monthly back on March 19

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn - Northern Sinfonia and Guests.

This was somewhat misleading to say the least. The guests actually comprised no less than the Guy Barker Orchestra, as well as Cleveland Watkiss, Brian Kellock and Tim Garland. The consensus in the bar area was that a lot more people would have elected to attend had they known Guy would have his band along- side the Sinfonia. However, there was a good crowd anyway which made me think that if just 10% of the audience made it to a local gig and paid 10% of tonight's ticket price then the scene would really be thriving! Never mind, back to the concert. Guy Barker took the rostrum and the Sinfonia, led by the impish Bradley Creswick, respectfully stood up, as did the jazz orchestra - after much coaxing and nudging.
Ellington's three part "Night Creature" got things underway and, as the sound of the symphonic strings engulfed me my immediate thought was that this is a superior film score. Then I realised the script had yet to be written that could match such a beautiful soundtrack.
Cleveland Watkiss sang "Lush Life" and "Caravan". He reminded me a little of Johnny Hartman without the richness although that could have been due to the sound system.
Brian Kellock, piano, came on and duetted with altoist Rosario Giuliani on "Chelsea Bridge". Guiliani had the unenviable role of Johnny Hodges and he was more convincing when he moved away from 'Rabbit's' shadow. Kellock played brilliantly.
"Harlem Suite" brought things to a powerful close with some fine trumpet from Byron Wallen and the 'longhairs' getting as close to swinging as they did all night.
During the interval, I chatted with former Newcastle Big Band Buddies Andy Hudson and Germaine Stanger and, in the absence of any photo opportunities in the hall, Jim McD took a shot of the three of us (I'm the guy in the middle under the hat - the other two are self explanatory).
The second half opened with "A Train" then Rosario did "Chelsea Bridge" on soprano and Tim Garland had the blast of the night on "UMMG" (Upper Manhattan Medical Group.) This was a quartet number with Brian Kellock on piano, Phil Donkin (bs) & Ralph Salmins (dms). Cleveland gave a melancholy take on "Daydream" before the grand finale - "Black, Brown and Beige" which may have lasted a little too long - but only a little!
All in all a very good concert with some spectacular highs and very few lows.
The audience loved it and applauded long and loud but no encore - what did they expect? The Sinfonia to busk "C Jam Blues"?
Just one niggling thought. What if, instead of the Sinfonia, they had hired another 41 jazz musicians? That really would have been a night to remember.
Lance

1 comment :

  1. For the record, the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra: Barker (conductor),
    Rosario Giuliani, Graeme Blevins (alto), Tim Garland, Per (Texas), Johansson (ten), Phil Todd (bar).
    Nathan Bray, Tom Rees Roberts, Byron Wallen, Pat White (tpts).
    Mark Frost, Barnaby Dickinson, Alistair White (tmb). Jim Watson/Brian Kellock (pno). Phil Donkin (bs). Ralph Salmins (dms).

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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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