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Bebop Spoken There

Bobby Watson: “He [Charles McPherson] did some of the stuff on Clint Eastwood's movie [Bird] and no one knew the difference– (Jazz Times March 1996).

JJ Johnson: “They [jazz listeners] can't be fooled. They're broad-minded enough to want to hear innovation. At the same time, they're too hip to be taken in by false prophets (Down Beat May 28, 1970.

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival Competition

Win a Family Weekend Pass to the UK's most idyllic Jazz festival.
1) In which county is Burton Agnes Hall situated?
2) Which artist appearing at the Festival was described by Christine Tobin as having ‘a wild musical spirit’?
3) Who will close this year’s Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival?
Email your answers to lanceliddle@gmail.com
Competition closes on May 27 so send your entry now.

International Jazz Day Saturday April 30

Afternoon

Paul Skerritt Band - Ashington Market. 10am-3pm. Free.

Miles Ahead (film) - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.

Evening

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - Sage Gateshead. 7;30pm. £24.50 (£5 under 25s). Talk at 6:45. Dave Brubeck tribute w. Bill Dobbins (pno); John Nugent (alt).

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Graeme Wilson/Mark Williams - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.

Belinda Voshtina/James Harrison - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 7.pm 0191 2331010.

Glasgow Preston Lowe - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £10. 8pm.

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.     
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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