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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

CD Review: Dan Phillips BKK Trio + Jakob Dineson - Bandkok Edge.

Dan Phillips (gtr); Jakob Dineson (ten); Chanutr Techatana-nan (dms); Pornchart Viryapark (bs).
An international summit meeting! A Yank, a Dane and a couple of Thai musicians.
Berklee graduate Phillips is currently Jazz Educator at Silpakorn Uni in Thailand and bass and drums are two musicians he regularly works with. He considers Techatana-nan the finest drummer in South East Asia and Viryapark he refers to as the first call bass player. Dineson had come to Bangkok to play a few gigs (as you do) and immediately Phillips found a jazz rapport with the Dane. and gave that as the reason for making this recording.
The music is mainly standards but they are done in such a way as to give them an original feel. Much of the music, to my ears, conveys a sense of Lennie Tristano. Probably nothing like it but the feeling is there, Particularly in Dineson's angularity - Warne Marsh meets early Coltrane are the vibes I get. Phillips has that lovely single string style favoured by Charlie Christian, Billy Bauer and all who followed.
Monk's Ask Me Now could easily be put forward as the best ever jazz ballad outside of the Gasbook which of course it isn't but I have to admit I'm pushed to find a better one!
It's given a deserving treatment here.
Other standards include Have You Met Miss Jones, Days of Wine and Roses, Coltrane's Naima, Monk's Evidence, Sam Rivers' classic Beatrice and Strayhorn's A Flower is a Lovesome Thing plus a couple of Phillips' originals.
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing? - on the Evidence of this disc so is jazz in South East Asia.
Lance
PS: I Wonder if they've ever got the "Bus" over to Neds?!

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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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