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Bebop Spoken There

Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ Bridge Hotel Sunday Sept. 29

Graeme Wilson (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Fiery, contemporary yet always with that essential sense of swing whether up front or implied. Close you're eyes and you're in the Vortex, the 606 or Ronnie's. Keep them closed and you're in Birdland, or the Village Vanguard. This isn't fanciful thinking - these four guys could cut it anywhere. Tonight it was the weekly Splinter session at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle and it was totally compelling.
A selection of originals by Wilson, most of which we'd heard before in various settings, but which never sounded better than in this format.
Each one told a story - Street of Furs (the garment district of New York); Offissa Pupp (a cartoon character); Pontoon (a floating pier in Scotland); The Sycamore (a rundown cinema in Blyth with a tree growing out of the roof); Searchlight Nevada (a town where the Coltrane Quartet got lost); New Wallow (that cinema again); Ramora (?) and Cool Fudge. The latter title is self explanatory and featured Edis, high on Russell's review of his solo album, putting the Roland effectively into B3 mode albeit without the forearm smashes that that particular model of Hammond is often subjected to. Elsewhere he was mainly in piano mode which was merely magnificent.
On bass, Andy remained the undefeated Champion whilst Adam Sinclair is a contender for number one drummer anywhere.
And Wilson? Composer par excellence and a purveyor of giant Coltranic steps on tenor. A blistering technique and a sound that hits you full on  
To top an excellent evening, the driver of the 27 bus saw me running (ish) and waving forlornly at his accelerating vehicle. You've gotta believe this but he actually stopped and let me on!
Bus driver of the year along with the band of the year - well one of them...
Photos.
Lance

1 comment :

Roly said...

Great band. And that last number is a gem - I think Graeme said it was titled Honolulus.
Roly

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