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Bebop Spoken There

Kirk Knuffke: “When I moved to New York, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t getting any work because I was a trumpet player. I was only getting work because I was me.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Saturday November 28

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
BUDTONES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £5 Doors 8pm.
Chris Jelly/Peter Gilligan - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free.
Hannah Taylor/Alix Shepherd - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. Free. 7pm (? 0191 2331010 to check).
Dave Rae's NOJB - Methodist Church, Springwell Rd., Springwell Village, Gateshead NE9 7RY. 7:30pm. £5.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - Village Hall, Ingleton, Co. Durham. 8pm. £10 (advance bookings before Nov. 26 from 01325 730250). Pie and Pea supper inc.
Burundanga - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 9pm. Free.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The Cluny. February 26

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (keyboards), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Graeme Wilson Quartet’s debut gig at the Central Bar in October of last year was such a success that it was just a matter of time until there was another outing. Wilson’s talents as a composer made the band an ideal choice for a Schmazz @ the Cluny gig. A  set list of tunes familiar to those who take every opportunity to hear Wilson made for a memorable night down in the Ouseburn. 
Street of Furs, Pontoon (a commission from the Harbour Association of Mull), Searchlight Nevada, one winner after another. The latter number was, perhaps, the first set highlight. Imagine John Coltrane driving through the night to his next engagement. Tyner, Jones and Garrison his companions. Imagine Trane getting lost in the desert. This was majestic tenor playing from Wilson, his band mates Paul Edis (keyboards), Andy Champion (double bass) and drummer Adam Sinclair (hear that hi-hat!) well up to the mark and then some!
Offissa Pupp - playful, funkin’ fun - offered a marked contrast to the Wilson/Trane intensity reverberating in our heads. The first set swung out with The New Wallaw, a Wilson composition inspired by a visit to a  shamefully neglected, crumbling Art Deco cinema in the south east Northumberland town of Blyth.
The second set proved to be just as good as the first. Remara (first heard on Tyneside in an arrangement by John Warren’s Splinter Group), The Sycamore, a ballad referencing Blyth’s lost picture palace, A Toe of Fudge, with constantly shifting rhythms expertly negotiated by the quartet and Pleasureland (Wilson mentions Arbroath, the audience laughs) brought us to the end. Well, not quite. The Schmazz crowd wanted more and they got it. Honolulus dazzled with brilliant playing all round. A cracking band deserving of wider recognition.     

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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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