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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mike Papapavlou: Interim Guitar Recital, Newcastle University. January 23

(Review by Russell).
The wood panelled Recital Room in Armstrong Building, Newcastle University has a certain austere feel to it, just as it should be at a prestigious seat of learning. Interim recitals are being held throughout the week - classical, folk and at two o’clock today a jazz guitar recital by Mike Papapavlou. Mike has been on the scene for a couple of years and it was obvious from first hearing that he could play. He has sat in around town - Dave Weisser’s workshop at the Chillingham, the Jazz Café and Hoochie Coochie to name but three hangouts. 
A gig is one thing, formal assessment another. Mike chose three pieces, one for solo guitar and two tunes accompanied by friends Ruairidh Patfield (electric bass) and Lewis West (drums). The solo piece - one of the great tunes - In a Sentimental Mood has taxed the very best talents. In his recital notes, made available to the listener, Mike referred to the Ellington/Coltrane recording: ‘This majestic version gave me inspiration to arrange the piece for solo guitar’. So, the stakes were high! Mike respected the melody and settling into his performance, improvised effectively. One down, two to go. Our man in the spotlight introduced Ruairidh and Lewis and somehow you just knew it was going to be alright. Blues on the Corner (McCoy Tyner) proved to be an inspired choice. Mike observed: ‘the form of the piece is a twelve bar blues however the harmonic extensions and the use of quartal harmony give it an exciting edge’
You said it Mike! This was exciting. Great playing with excellent support from bass and drums. At its conclusion one or two of the assembled gave it the jazzer’s seal of approval with ‘Yeah!’. Was this the done thing in a recital? Who cares! The Fall of Stout, a tune by Scottish guitarist Kevin Mackenzie, concluded the examination. The trio got to work on this one with space for Ruairidh and Lewis to do their stuff. Mike and Ruairidh smiled as they exchanged ideas and Lewis joined in the fun on a freeform section. I don’t know what the examiners thought but I reckon it was First Class Honours. Catch Mike gigging around town. As Mr Weisser might say: ‘Nice cat!’
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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