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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, June 07, 2013

Toyshop @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.. June 2, 2013

Tom Dennis (trumpet), Michael Underwood (tenor saxophone), Sam James (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (double bass) & Corrie Dick (drums)
(Review by Russell).
A toyshop, a youngster’s dream. I'll have two sets of, let me see…hard bop, please. Toyshop, a quintet, got together at Trinity London, each member having fingers in numerous jazz jam jars and of late have acquired a taste for the music of the late, great, hard bop trumpeter Clifford Brown.
It was t-shirts and jeans on the stand but the music was that of the sharp-suited American heroes of the era; Brown, Roach, Blakey, Rollins and co.. Toyshop, unassuming, polite and so, so good. Cool, committed to the music, the frontline horns played unamplified and piano, bass and drums had their volume levels spot-on right from the start.
The music? Classic Clifford with one or two tremendous original compositions for good measure. The bass and drums pairing of Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick (no strangers to Tyneside) were beyond good, swinging it as it should be swung. Pianist Sam James is one to watch - and hear - in future. An assured, listening player (a minor irritation in the context of this gig was the Fender Rhodes-like sound), James will surely become an established name on the scene.
Tenor saxophonist Michael Underwood - and MC on the night - blew the coolest of cool complementing trumpeter Tom Brownie Dennis’ superbly crafted solos. The name Dennis invites comparison with the north east’s top trumpet player Noel Dennis (currently exiled north of the border). The Dennis trumpeters share at least one musical trait - the perfectly conceived and executed extended solo. Tom Dennis is destined for the premier league of British trumpet players.
The tunes - including the historic gems Jacqui, Parisian Thoroughfare and Daahoud interspersed with Corrie Dick compositions Mo Dhachaidh and Wee Red Car - were a delight from start to finish. The audience loved it. Dennis said of the Splinter night at the Bridge: Lovely room. He went on to say it was the band’s most enjoyable night of their tour. Any jazz club promoter anywhere couldn't go wrong with Toyshop. A delight.

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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.
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