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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Other Way - Lee Konitz @ The Pizza Express.

Lee Konitz (alt/sop), Dan Telfer (pno), Michael Janisch (bs), Jeff Williams (dms).
Last night Simon Spillett fired off 1000 notes per minute. Tonight, Lee Konitz fired off considerably fewer. Either because of maturity or physicality, Lee has learned to make every note count and count they did - eventually.
It began hesitantly as the four musicians searched out each others' strengths and weaknesses - not that there were many. Totally unamplified Lee fragmented around such standards as Solar, Come Rain or Come Shine, So Nice To come Home To but it wasn't until What's New that it finally fell together.
Cherokee, Body and Soul, Stella By Starlight and Alone Together completed the set that drew tumultuous applause from a packed Pizza Express.
At 82 Lee looks and plays like a much younger man yet I wondered if this - bordering just on the inside of the outside - was really him?
Still he got through to the audience and by the end I was with him.
Come in table mate Richard.
Lance.
PS: The Pizza was superb and promptly served.

2 comments :

  1. Hi Lance. Yes, I agree that the second half of the Lee Konitz set was stronger than the first. I think the band connected a lot better as the gig progressed. Konitz did say at the start that it was the first time the 4 of them had played together. I particularly enjoyed Cherokee and What's New. I spoke to Lee Konitz afterwards who shows no signs of slowing down, even harbouring ambitions of playing back at Ronnie Scott's one day...talking of which, Roy Haynes was on great form on Thursday night. At 85 years old he plays with the speed and guile of a man half his age. Catch him tonight if you can. With a combined age of 167 years (Konitz and Haynes) jazz is still in very good hands with the old masters.
    Richard

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  2. Alas Richard, I am now back up North so have had to miss Roy. Pleased you enjoyed.

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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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