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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Monday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 NE30 4QS. 1:00pm. Free.

Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. Tel: 0191 488 0954. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. June 19, 2013

Dave Weisser (trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals), Peter Hepplewhite (clarinet), Jack Courtney (trumpet), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), James Creswick (electric bass) & Norman Redhead (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Clarinetist Peter Hepplewhite called the first number, a stately take on Misty featuring a round of solos and a vocal from bandleader Dave Weisser. Autumn Leaves introduced a new voice, that of trumpeter Jack Courtney. Of the new generation, the trumpeter took a muted solo with no little confidence and it was down to Weisser to pluck the lyrics from his memory bank of tunes.
On Green Dolphin Street proved to be unfamiliar territory for some but Weisser’s workshop set-up ensured all came out the other end unscathed; Hepplewhite stepped up, Weisser switched to flugel and Courtney hit the mark. Easy Living held no fears with all keen to grab a piece of the action - clarinet, trumpet, keyboards (mainstay Barrie Ascroft), flugel and vocals from DW, five string bassist James Creswick  and the man at the back - drummer Norman Redhead - kept them in order.
A first pint (Firebrick from Blaydon) hadn’t travelled well, so an interval refill called for a reliable brew - none better than Jarrow’s Rivet Catcher. Dave Weisser told tales - with photographic proof - of great days on the cruise ships, raffle tickets were snapped up and in no time we were treated to more Nostalgia (the tune that is) with Weisser’s flugel leading off, Courtney (mute left on the floor), Hepplewhite (clarinet), Ascroft’s crafted contribution and Creswick’s nimble fretwork. Falling in Love with Love did the rounds - more impressive work from Courtney and no surprise that Dave Weisser knew the lyrics, just like that. A relaxing session on a warm night at the Chilli. Oh, your reviewer won the raffle - two volumes of Duke Pearson. Oh, yes! 
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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