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Bebop Spoken There

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 Thursday January 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

‘The Death Beat - 1920s’ US immigration policy’ - City Library, New Bridge St, Newcastle NE1 8AX. 6:00pm. Free. Novelist Fiona Veitch Smith talks about her research into the period and its resonance with today’s political landscape. The Death Beat is Veitch Smith’s third novel in her series Poppy Denby Investigates.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:00pm. Free but ticketed.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Jeremy McMurray (keys); Danny Allan (sax). - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. July 10

Dave Weissser (trumpet & vocals), Peter Hepplewhite (clarinet), Rachel Rickman (alto saxophone), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums)
(Review by Russell)
With the advertised attraction Mike Papapavlou absent, it was a case of wait and see who turned-up at Dave Weisser’s weekly workshop. The mainstays were there, of course – Dave Weisser, Barrie Ascroft and Norman Redhead – and the frequently gigging Ray Truscott took his turn in the bass chair. Add altoist Rachel Rickman and the keen clarinet of Peter Hepplewhite (himself something of a regular at the weekly session at the Chilli) and we had the makings of a good night. A pint of Workie Ticket at hand, let’s go!
Rickman and Hepplewhite were first to delve into the pad and out came All Blues (top vocal from trumpeter Weisser). The same again from Weisser on All Right Okay You Win. DW informed the audience that the arrangement (arr.G.Elliott) was given to him by the late Kay Rouselle. The north east of England is surely a treasure trove of musicians, composers and arrangers!
A Mose Allison blues, followed by some West Coast Gerry Mulligan (Walking Shoes) in the East End of Toon (bass and drums solo spots) then in walked Freddie Freeloader (Truscott flying across the frets, the veteran Ascroft right there). Fourteen years old, drummer Matthew MacKellar (a student of Geoff Armstrong), hit the traps with spot-on patterns on a rollercoaster Caravan and his rhythm partner Truscott shone once more. 
The interval; a raffle ticket, another one from the always-tip-top Mordue Brewery, a chat with Matthew and Mackellar Snr. and time – Weisser Time – was moving on. Second set…Blue Bossa (military medium drumming from MacKellar), Ascroft and Truscott trading and a round of ‘fours’. The drum stool vacated by MacKellar the senior man – Norman Redhead – took over and played it just right on Round Midnight, solos all and the piano, bass and drums trio grabbed a few bars.
Dave Weissers’s weekly workshop would go on ‘til round midnight such is his enthusiasm for the music. Band mates and audience alike informed DW it was around five minutes to eleven. The indefatigable Weisser reluctantly called time with Blues For Duane. A good night at the Chilli.   
Russell.

1 comment :

Jude (on F/b) said...

Dave rather liked being called indefatigable!

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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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