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Kathyrn Williams: “I got into Miles Davis when I was a teenager. But I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable as Anthony [Kerr]: he is an encyclopedia of jazz, with a real in-depth, academic knowledge. I’m just a fan.” – (Jazz Journal December 2017).

Christian McBride: "He [Horace Silver] was the whole package" – (Downbeat September 2014).

Today Tuesday January 16

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

Ian Bosworth - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.

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

Friday, July 12, 2013

Djangologie @ The Lit & Phil. July 12

(Review by Hugues Panassie.)
Some years ago your reviewer attended a lecture on French cinema. The lecturer began by speaking in French. The look of disbelief on the faces of most of those present was priceless, then a look of relief when the speaker stopped and spoke in English to say that his introductory remarks were but a little joke! So to Djangologie at the Lit and Phil. 
Django-Francophile Mick Shoulder was surely delighted to see the lunchtime concert programme notes list his instrument as Contrabasse, the other Djangologists’ instruments variously listed Guitare rythmique, Guitare and Violon. The set list scheduled twelve numbers, some with their French titles, some in English and Dans Mon Endroit Tranquille (comp. Monsieur M.Shoulder)…translations on a postcard to Bebop Spoken Here. Summer at last on Tyneside, it was hot, Le Jazz Hot, in the Lit & Phil. There was a full house, standing room only. 
Tunes by Django and Mick peppered the one hour performance. The Manouche masterpieces included Artillerie Lourdes and Stompin’ at Decca, the County Durham contribution Beautiful Till 3 and Song for Izumi. The quartet’s rhythm king – Monsieur Giles Strong – played his part to perfection, the undemonstrative, reassuring presence. Shoulder, himself a master of the rhythmic art, pitched his sound just right, creating an inviting set-up for the band’s star soloists – Emma Fisk and James Birkett – to do their brilliant best. And how! 
Bandleader Shoulder thanked the audience for their rapt attention. The quality of performance ensured such keen listening! Monsieur Birkett’s solo on Stompin’ at Decca deservedly won huge applause. No, make that cheers and whistles. Minor Swing brought the house down and Mademoiselle Fisk’s superb playing on Les Yeux Noir (and all of the other tunes for that matter) engendered further deafening applause. Magnifique!
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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