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Bebop Spoken There

Jimi Durso: "Be in tune when you hit the stage [At a jam session]. Also, bring a list of songs you know." - (DownBeat October 2018).

Jazzmeia Horn: "She's not a jazz singer whoever she is [Aretha Franklin]." - (Blindfold Test, DownBeat October 2018).

Today Wednesday September 26

Afternoon

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

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00. 20th anniversary of Jazz at Springwell. Guests.

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

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio led by Bradley Johnston.

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

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Digby Fairweather with the Swing City Trio @ Trinity Church, Gosforth. January 19

Digby Fairweather (cornet & vocals), Steve Andrews (tenor saxophone, clarinet & vocals), Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals) & Roy Cansdale (double bass) + Iain MacAulay (trombone)
(Review by Russell)
Gosforth High Street resembled a scene on a Christmas card - giant snow flakes, lots of them, threatening a white-out, settling under foot. The Newcastle suburb looked a picture - if you like that sort of thing. Trinity Church and Centre isn’t an obvious choice as a jazz venue yet good numbers invariably turn up for their monthly fix of the music. This bleak mid winter night deterred all but the hardy (fool hardy?). Once inside, the bottle bar was a first port of call. Hadrian Border’s Farne Island looked the pick. The audience looked rather thin (numerically). As the first set got underway the audience had beefed-up (numerically). The attraction? Digby Fairweather, no less.
An added attraction was the company he was keeping - the Swing City Trio, no less. Four amiable characters playing some tunes, having a good time. This Can’t Be Love, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby and I’m Confessin’ That I Love You (the latter dedicated to Ruby Braff featured stupendous playing by Fairweather). Braff anecdotes included the occasion when, on Tyneside, the American worked with Fairweather. After the gig, walking back to their hotel, Braff asked Essex lad Fairweather if he knew ‘The Lambeth Walk’ Did he? Of course he did! Picture the scene…the pair of them, arms linked, singing Cockney songs late into the night on the streets of Newcastle!
Swing That Music upped the tempo with Steve Andrews’ knock-out clarinet work. Guitarist Roly Veitch sang ‘Tis Autumn with wonderful contributions from Andrews (clarinet) and Fairweather. Veitch and rhythm partner bassist Roy Cansdale stoked it up big style on Spotlight as Andrews drew inspiration from Coleman Hawkins. 
The second set was just like the first - full of gems. Veitch sang What a Little Moonlight Can Do and Stars Fell on Alabama (ace trombonist Iain MacAulay joined the party), Andrews sang She’s Funny That Way and a blues heard MacAulay at his Teagarden-like best. Fairweather said he would happily play all night in the company of such fine musicians but it was almost closing time and a storming Lester Leaps In sent us on our way. Snow storms? What snow storms?
Russell                 

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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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