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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.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Rachel's Dream @ Dolphin Centre, Darlington Saturday March 2.

John Hallam (clarinet), Tom Kincaid (piano), Nigel Cretney (drums) & Rachel Hayward (vibes)
(Review by Ray Robson).
Thanks to the eccentric weather that is Britain's winter nowadays, we drove those few miles to Darlington not only in fervent hope for the afternoons jazz session but also in bright sunshine ....not quite the 2012 March heatwave that sent us scurrying to the attic for deckchairs, but hey, its only the 2nd of the month ...the best of March's summer is probably yet to come !
"Rachel's Dream" was billed as a celebration of Benny Goodman, well it was certainly a very pleasant afternoon in the assured company of Mr Goodman & friends ....John Hallam, as always, gave an assured performance leading in true Goodman style; Tom Kincaid, as Teddy Wilson, enrapturing the audience with such a delicate touch on the piano; Nigel Cretney as Gene Krupa on drums keeping everyone in line; & last but never least the glamorous Rachel Hayward on vibraphone as Lionel Hampton. When you see the vibraphone, you think back to school days & xylophones in far off music lessons ...banish those thoughts ...Rachel's vibraphone playing was a delight - the heady days of 1935 & the movement to "chamber music" was fully brought to life for a near capacity audience.
The first set gave us Lullaby of the Leaves, Fats Wallers I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling, Seven Come Eleven, Memories of You, Temptation Rag, the Andrews Sisters famous Ber Mir Bist Du Schoen featured great rhythm work, Rogers & Hammerstein's Where or When, Pick a Rib, Gershwin's Oh Lady Be Good, then a beautiful Lionel Hampton duet of vibes & piano on Blue Because of You before fittingly John took us to the first break with I'm a Ding Dong Daddy.
Second set opened with Honeysuckle Rose, Moonglow, Tom on Nat King Cole's Sweet Lorraine, Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea, then a foot tapping version of Irving Berlin's Fred Astaire hit Putting on the Ritz, My Daddy Rocks Me ....with Opus 1/2 to close.
Sadly we had reached the final set .... Air Mail Special, I Surrender to You, Dizzy Spells then appropriately On the Sunny Side of the Street, Stealing Apples, & a final Rachel's Dream completed our delightfully incandescent afternoon's jazz.
Next session at the Dolphin Sat 6th April, 12.30 ...Tees Valley Jazzmen
Ray

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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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