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Bebop Spoken There

Chris Connor: "I don't feel there's any sense in singing, if you're going to sing garbage. I'll leave that to other people-I hear it all the time." - (Crescendo, July 1982).
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Today Tuesday January 27.

Afternoon.
BELL & BUCKET NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Bell & Bucket, 37 Norfolk St., North Shields. 1pm. Free.
Classic New Orleans.
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WHIPLASH - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1
Much publicised film about an aspiring drummer and his tyrant of a teacher. More details.
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Evening.
GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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JAZZ CLUB - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 8.30pm. Free.
Ian Bosworth (gtr); Jeff Aucott (Hammond); John Sparrow (dms); Adrian Beadnell (bs) + guests.
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LAURA JURD SEPTET - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10/£8.
JNE/SCHMAZZ promotion.
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PAUL SKERRITT BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS28 9HU. 9pm. Free.
Last Tuesday in the month - Tonight's the night!
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Peter Gilligan, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Back on Feb. 3
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back Feb. 10.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
First Tuesday - Back on Feb. 3.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Back on Feb. 3.
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Back on Feb. 3.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Jam Session @ Hoochie Thursday November 29.

Pete Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms) + many others.
(Review by Lance).
The quartet kicked things off with, I think, Straight No Chaser. It was Pete's birthday and he was on the money as well as the coffee! Mark, Paul and Jeff stayed with him all the way and this was one helluva opener. I didn't recognise the next one although I should have done likewise the Latin number that followed. Skylark and Beautiful Love finished the set off with panache and solos all round.
Come the second half and the subs jump off the bench.
James Harrison takes the piano seat, Ian Simpson plugs into Mark's guitar amp and Joe Fowler - the ex Budvivar trombonist - is the horn player.
Well You Needn't had Simpson handling the melody before Joe had a blustering solo - Tailgate Bebop just about summed it up. Harrison rubber stamped his credentials as one of the front runners of the next generation of jazz musicians during the second set opener that said, "The party's just begun."
The Frim Fram Sauce was served up to Cordon Blue standard by Belinda Voshtina - a voice to remember (pictured)..
Debra Milne sang a song about Temptation (not the old standard) before Lindsay Hannon took over. Lindsay was in spectacular form tonight. My Funny Valentine done with a triplet feel to it injected a new lease of life into the old warhorse. Mike Papapavlou was now on guitar and the bluesy number Lindsay finished off with highlighted his playing.
A second interval and they were queuing up to sing or play the final set but the number 27 was coming down the line, the number 27 right on time.
Happy birthday Pete - you had a good one!
Lance.
PS: Don't forget the Cool Collective on Saturday night and Kate Peters' Sextet next Thursday.

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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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