Bebop Spoken There
Dizzy Gillespie: “If it's easy it's not worth it.” – (Down Beat May 11, 1972).
Richard Davis: “Every musician's wife knows that his instrument comes first. And having to live with that can be a chore” – (Down Beat May 11, 1972).
Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
PS: Olive, you could make this your own!
Local band The Groove-A-Matics (featuring Johnny Whitehill) from Gateshead one step nearer to performing in New Brunswick, Canada - New Brunswick Battle of the Blues announces North East heat winner and runners-up
Six blues acts went head to head at the North East heat of New Brunswick Battle of the Blues at St Peter’s Social Club,
Walker Rd, Newcastle on 27 January - part of a UK-wide search to find ’s best Blues talent. The judging panel voted The Groove-A-Matics from Gateshead as the winners and they’ll now prepare for the Britain final, where they will compete against acts from the other 3 regional heats. Runners up from the North East heat were How Askew from Newcastle and Lee Bates & Billy Newton, from London Gateshead. They also have a chance of going through to the final due to a public vote for the favourite runner up. So with the heat in London Newcastle and winners and runners up coming from the area it was a great night for Newcastle and Gateshead musical talent! The Canadian Province of New Brunswick has been looking to the to provide new performers for its world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, which celebrates its 21st Anniversary in 2012. Says competition organiser, Lee George; “The competition at this heat was fierce. Six excellent acts provided a great evening of live entertainment. But there had to be just one overall winner and The Groove-A-Matics was chosen. After winning The Groove-A-Matics said; "It was a brilliant experience to perform live with 5 other really talented blues acts. We’re really excited and can’t wait to play in the final in UK . I’d like to thank Tourism New London Brunswick for providing this great opportunity and for taking us one step closer towards …..’ But the story doesn’t end there. There is also going to be a public vote so from 1st February you can go to the website (www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk Canada ) to hear 2 runners-up acts from each of the 4 heats – and choose your favourite. The 'winning' runner up will then join the finalists from the heats at the final in . The final is taking place at The Garage, Highbury in London , on 27 March. The winner will get an all-expenses paid trip to the beautiful maritime London province of New Brunswick to perform on one of the main stages at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in the provinces’ capital in September. They will also be given the chance to look around – last year’s winners went whale watching and sampled the very best of the province’s hospitality! Lee George again; “ Fredericton New Brunswick is not only a wonderful part of , but it has a musical heartbeat like nowhere else in the world. Travelling to the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival could be a life-changing opportunity to perform amongst the very best and to sample ‘the jewel of Atlantic Canada’ and all that the Province has to offer.” The line-up at the North East heat was: Half Deaf Clatch from Canada Hull, Greg Wilson and the Big Caffeine Fix from Carlisle, Stephen Murphy from Washington, Sunderland, Groove-A-Matics from Gateshead,Lee Bates and Billy Newton from Gateshead, and How Askew from . For more information about the competition and the Newcastle , visit www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk. province of New Brunswick
PS: Oh yes and Norton also played flute and wailed a mean blues harp. Collinson put down some riveting solos as well as playing jazzy riffs with Norton. Bass, drums and unidentified percussionist knocked out hypnotic rhythms, latin beats, funky grooves - they gave it the punch.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Not far behind were Chick Corea's Spain, Jarrett's Memories of Tomorrow and a couple of Metheny's as well as Herbie Hancock's Cantaloup Island.
Pete's back again next Thursday hosting a jam session in place of the previously advertised Frith Street.
This Sunday (Jan. 29) it's The Fantastics - an exciting jazz/funk/soul mix - and it's free!
Photos by Kaveh Emami.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Twinkle Twinkle (Babel BDV 1192) is released on Monday 5th March.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Veteran tenor player Bobby Wellins made a welcome return (and farewell) to 'Darlo' in the stellar company of bassist Andy Cleyndert, drummer Mark Taylor and Italian pianist Andrea Pozza. Wellins played with undiminished vigour, eager to share his enthusiasm for the music and generous in support of the musicians working with him on this poignant occasion. Ellington (In a Sentimental Mood), Jobim (No More Blues and If You Never Come to Me) and Leroy Anderson's Serenata were but some of the first-set gems. Wellins referred to Andy Cleyndert as one of the finest bass players of his generation. I thought that was about right but there again he could be the finest. Drummer Mark Taylor - British born, New York resident (seventeen years and counting) - is, perhaps, the heir to Martin Drew.
Throughout 2011 the north east has heard some astounding drummers and here we are in January 2012 and Taylor continued the trend. If I formed a band (It won't be any time soon!) he'd be my first call, ditto Cleyndert. To Pozza...young, supremely gifted and a Steinway to play with. This boy has got it all. Wellins loved his playing. Accompanist, soloist, he would appear to have at his fingertips the entire history of jazz piano. A Modernist gig it was, yet Pozza dug deeper into the tradition. He was on a short visit to Britain to work and record for the first time with Wellins. Upon his return to these shores make sure you check him out. Our tenor man paid tribute to a native of these parts with Angel of the North - the Scot had a long association with the late Peter Jacobsen and it was rather apt to include it in the set list at this gig in the north of England. The curtain came down with Bye Bye Blackbird. Bye Bye Darlington.
Radio 5 (see comments).
Otis gave gave Etta James her big break and, ironically, Etta died yesterday.
Rest in peace.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
With him were Graham Hardy on trumpet and flugel, Graeme Wilson on tenor, Stu Collingwood on keys and Andy Champion on bass.
For more big band photos from the concert go to the band's website.
*:Lewis Watson replaced by Graeme Wilson (See comments)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
PS: I hope I'm wrong but I'm starting to get an uneasy feeling about this...
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So a fitting farewell to Noel - our loss, Glasgow's gain - although no doubt he will return from time to time wearing a Tam O' Shanter and playing cool bagpipes.
If however you're more into soul and funk then Hoochie Coochie offer the Teapad Orchestra for free!.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
We don’t go to strangers
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Was a double delight.
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