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Bebop Spoken There

Jascha Heifetz: "Jazz is an exciting form of musical expression." - (Melody Maker May 23, 1953. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Regina Carter: “I used to have a stack of classical albums that my teacher would send home with me. I’d listen to them all day, and even go to sleep listening to them if I was learning a particular piece.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Tuesday July 7

Afternoon.
STRONGER JAZZ VOICES (Tutor Zoe Gilby) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - last one tonight (I think!)
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back July 14.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop. Note earlier start.
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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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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop - end of course?
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with resident trio. First and third Tuesdays - Tonight's the night!
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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 - Tonight's the night!
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Tonight's the night!
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IAN BOSWORTH - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New first Tuesday in the month gig with guitarist Ian and band. For this month only - back July 14 (Band on holiday)
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JAZZ MACHINE - Queen's Head, Victoria Cresc., Cullercoats. 7.30pm (?).
Pepe and crew venture forth... Monthly back July 28.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) - Back July 28.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back July 14.

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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