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Bebop Spoken There

Georgie Fame: “Those black American GI’s were just the hippest guys in the world. They’d bring records and of course you couldn’t get them anywhere else.” – (Jazzwise October 2015).

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).


Today Wednesday October 7

Vieux Carre Jazzmen
- Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Jazz Esquires - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Jeremy McMurray Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Take it to the Bridge Jazz Workshop - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe. 8:00pm. Free.
‘The Big Score: Jazz on the Screen’ - Newcastle City Library, New Bridge St. West, Newcastle. NE1 8AX. Tel: 0191 277 4100. 6:30pm. Free.

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

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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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