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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 Thursday November 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE.

Group Theory - The Globe. 7:30pm. £5.00. Superb Durham University quartet. Dan Garel (alto), Tom Burgess (guitar), Dylan Purches (double bass) & Tristan Bacon (drums).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. concs.).

TBA – Railway, Wellington St., Gateshead. 8pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Boldron Village Hall, County Durham DL12 9RN. 01833 638210. 7:30pm. £9.00. adult, £20.00. family.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jazz Café @ The Star and Shadow October 18.

The North East Four (NE4), [Paul Gowland (tenor), Ray Truscott (6 string electric bass), Alan Law (piano), Paul Wight (drums)]; Scott Tyrrell (poetry); The Debra Milne Ensemble, [Debra Milne (vocal), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass), Rob Bates (drums)]; plus a presentation of a teaser segment of Abi Lewis’s forthcoming film ‘The Jazz Man’ about Keith Crombie.
(Review by Minnie Fraser.)
Pink Lane Jazz Co-op’s latest big splash event was as interesting and varied as you could wish for, and attracted good numbers despite the weather on a rainy Friday night. The evening began with a presentation, by director Abi Lewis, of a teaser of her forthcoming film about The Jazz Man. The sequence suggested that the finished film is likely to hit an appropriate balance, and should be a fitting tribute to Keith and the venue(s) he created.  Abi is looking to raise some additional funds to complete the film to the appropriate standard to be submitted to film festivals, and will be establishing a Kickstarter campaign soon, giving us all the chance to become Executive Producers. Watch this space for your chance to be the new David O. Selznick.
Music for the evening was supplied by Debra Milne, and Ray Truscott’s NE4, with Scott Tyrrell offering a poetic intermission, including some clever and amusing stanzas. Standout moments were a self-referential piece on the nature of poetry scanning and  rhyme, and a Trip Advisor entry on a stable in Bethlehem (one star).
The Milne band delivered a mix of half and half - original tunes, written by Debra and her virtuoso guitarist Steve Glendinning, with covers selected from beyond the mainstream usually addressed by vocalists. Notable were The Jazz Cafe song, an original written for Crombie, Betty Carter’s Tight, Parker’s Billie’s Bounce, and Ellington’s Caravan, which allowed solid young drummer Rob Bates to flex his muscles.  Milne was engaging and melodic, Glendinning tasteful with harmonic well structured solos, and Grainger swung.
Ray Truscott is heading off soon for his winter hibernation in Miami and it will be our loss as we won’t get to hear NE4 again until he returns with the spring thaw. Truscott’s original compositions haven’t the most straightforward structures yet were expertly delivered by his virtuoso band. Gowland soared and demonstrated why he is one of the best horn players in this or any other region, Law built tasteful solos and prompted the rest of the band, while Truscott and Wight tied down the often angular fusion soaked rhythms perfectly.  The audience wanted more so the band encored with a wonderful rendition of Chick Corea’s Spain.
A great evening all round. I can’t wait for the next Co-op big event when they take over World Headquarters on November 23.
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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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