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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Goodman: “...maybe Fletcher [Henderson] isn't the best pianist going, but he knows what we want.– (Down Beat December 15, 1939).

Sonny Rollins: “I don't feel I'm as great as they think I am.– (Down Beat November 28, 1956).

APPJAG Jazz Awards

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards are with us once more and the polls are open. You don't have to nominate in every category but once you've submitted your nomination that's it.

It's simple, just go to the Jazz UK website and enter your choices. For example, should you wish to nominate Bebop Spoken Here for the Jazz Media Award simply type in Bebop Spoken Here in the appropriate space.

You've got till noon on Feb. 18 to do it so - Let's Do It, Let's Nominate BSH!

Saturday February 6

Afternoon
Savannah Jazz Band - St. Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield St., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.
Evening
Diane Shaw - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £12. SOLD OUT!
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Zoe Gilby/James Harrison - Redwood Whiskey Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ. 7:pm. Free.
Gerry Richardson/Adam Sinclair - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. £15 from 0191 2814011.
Andy Lawrenson Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
George Shovlin & the Radars + Tom Fletcher - Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland. SR1 3JE. 7:30pm. Free. First Saturday in the month blues gig.

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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