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Bebop Spoken There

Georgie Fame: “Those black American GI’s were just the hippest guys in the world. They’d bring records and of course you couldn’t get them anywhere else.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).


Today Wednesday October 7

Vieux Carre Jazzmen
- Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Jeremy McMurray Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Take it to the Bridge Jazz Workshop - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe. 8:00pm. Free.
‘The Big Score: Jazz on the Screen’ - Newcastle City Library, New Bridge St. West, Newcastle. NE1 8AX. Tel: 0191 277 4100. 6:30pm. Free.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Jiannis Pavlidis Quintet @ The Bridge

Matt Anderson (ten); Jiannis Pavlidis (gtr); Declan Forde (keys); Sam Vicary (bs); Sam Gardner (dms).
Another less than full house which was unfortunate as the Jiannis Pavlidis Quintet is a band well worth checking out.
Pavlidis is an impressive guitarist and composer who can build it up before unleashing a solo that near blows your mind. Matt Anderson, I'm beginning to wonder if he lives in Leeds or Newcastle so frequently is he here! (He's back at Hoochie on Thursday). Matt blows tenor in a most deceptive way - he sort of lets it grow on you. A simple, almost elementary, chorus or two before gradually building and evolving into a kaleidoscopic cascade of notes and phrases that burst triumphantly then disappear from all but the ears of the listener.
Sam Gardner is a powerhouse behind the kit - in full flight he's like a contemporary Phil Seaman. On keys, Declan too is a formidable player aided and abetted by Vicary on bass.
A grand band playing accessible modern/contemporary music. Surely there are enough fans in and around Newcastle to at least half-fill the Bridge (capacity 110).

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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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