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Bebop Spoken There

Charenee Wade: “…I was maybe 10 or 11, I was listening to 50 year old Sarah Vaughn and trying to sound like her.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: “Wearing jeans, sweat shirts and sneakers is okay for a bowling alley but is unacceptable on stage or in a club; such an appearance detracts from his talent. Really, what's missing from today's jazzmen is dignity.” – (Crescendo December 1975).


Today Friday October 9

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Bradley Johnston Quartet - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA. 1pm. £4.
Paul Edis (Solo piano)/ Early Bird Band - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £4 (Early Bird Band set at 7:30pm is free.)
Taupe/Dead Hedge Trio/Waskerley Way - Head of Steam, 2 Neville St., Newcastle NE1 5EN. 8pm. £5.
Djazzville - Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick TD15 1AJ. 8pm. £12.

Friday, February 01, 2013

January Jazz Jam @ Hoochie Coochie. January 31.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms) plus guests..
A rousing first set that included Whisper Not, Joyspring and Blue Rondo a la Turk as well as pieces by Jim Hall, Bill Evans and Bob Mintzer. All four guys were firing on all cylinders with Pete outstanding on Joyspring
Interval time and the second set looked even more promising. Don Forbes, Paul Gowland were present with instrument cases, Eric Stutt had his sticks, Debra her vocal chords...
Trombonist Joe Fowler, an alto player, a drummer and a bass player whose names I didn't catch joined Pete and Mark. Unfortunately, after three numbers from Gabby (pictured in photo by Kaveh Emami) - Loverman, Lullaby of Birdland and 'Roind Midnight with solos all round - time began to run out. A blues mama sang Stormy Monday and Lindsay Hannon chipped in with I Thought About You and This Can't Be Love by which time the instrumentalists had left and what had the potential to be a great night was downgraded to just a very good night.
Photos by Kaveh Emami.

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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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