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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "The most important link in an automobile is the guy driving it - (Downbeat June 30, 1954 ).
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Tom Green: “I went for a couple of [trombone] lessons with Mark Bassey, who’s absolutely inspirational. I then auditioned for the Royal Academy’s Jazz Master’s course and got in.” – (Jazzwise March 2015).

Today Sunday March 1

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm.
Long established big band session on Teesside
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IAN HARRINGTON (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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SMOKIN' SPITFIRES - - The Cluny, Lime St., Ouseburn, Newcastle. 12.30pm. £6.50.
Charity fundraiser for the Bubble Foundation.
Monthly Today's the day!
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AM JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm.
The AM (amateur) may attract the less talented and deter the more discerning listener. Hopefully not and should instead be regarded as a chance to spot and encourage the stars of the future. Monthly, Back March 8.
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TBA - Forum, Darlington. £4/£2. 6pm.
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MORE JAM - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
C'mon and blow! Monthly - Back March 22.
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? - Saltburn Conservative Club, Saltburn by the Sea. 2-5pm. £3.
New Sunday afternoon venture down in sunny Saltburn. Also happy hour 3pm-5pm beer/lager £2 a pint!
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Evening.
TIPPING POINT - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £6. 8pm.
Great to have Splinter back in action with exciting contemporary ensemble.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.
Monthly - Tonight's the night!
Happy Hour 8-9pm Many drinks 2-4-1!
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MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Seaton Sluice Social Club. 8pm. £3.
Monthly - Back on March 22.
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Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Back March 15, 2015 with SSBB!.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Walter Smith III @ The Sage

Walter Smith III (ten); Matt Stevens (gtr); Michael Janisch (bs); Jeremiah Williams (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The gathering was well-attended by those who chose to forego the charms of, was it Danny and Ben?, from Thunder (Google it, I had to!)
D and B were in Hall 2 whereas WS III  was in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall - and there weren't many empty seats for this Jazz North East presentation.
JNE don't always pick the winners but when they do you can bet your life it's a Derby winner. Tonight was just such a classic performance that I felt everyone in the world should be here. They weren't, but that's their misfortune. There were enough to encourage more of the same. By The Same I mean modern jazz that has advanced beyond earlier conceptions but keeps the music within a framework and avoids the Fire in a Pet Shop syndrome.
Smith is simply a wonderful tenor player, I don't know anything about Smiths I and II but this third generation guy can play. A Getzian sound combined with a Rollins-like aggression makes for fine tenor playing.
And hows about guitarist Stevens? So laid back and yet he expertly mixed single note lines with chordal interjections building up his solos to near perfection. On second thoughts, delete near.
Michael Janisch, like the other three, is American (I think Stevens is actually Canadian but I suppose that's still American in a sense) Janisch is currently resident in London. He provides  the pulse and delivers some of the most melodic bass playing in jazz.
Williams was mainly hidden from my view by his ride cymbal but, when I did catch a glimpse, it revealed a drummer with a smile that even Steve Brown would be envious of! His technique was awesome. Using just a basic set-up he drove the band at Formula One speed and soloed like there was no tomorrow.
Needless to say, the crowd demanded more and they got it.
Sans Stevens, Smith, Janisch and Williams delivered, arguably, the best Body and Soul since Coleman Hawkins set the benchmark 70 plus years ago.
This was pure magic.
A gig of the year contender already!
Lance.

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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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