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Bebop Spoken There

Arnie Lawrence: "Aside from my family, playing creative music is my only reason for being on this earth" - (Down Beat May 16 1968).

Dan Wilensky: “When I was 19, I explored the highways and byways of the United States with “Brother” Jack McDuff in a small, sometimes rickety white truck in need of a paint job and a new muffler, helped lift his B-3 and Leslie out of said blundermobile, and after a five-hour gig, pocked $60…” (Down Beat August 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Saturday August 23

Afternoon
ICENI - Bill Quay Albion Cricket Club, Hall Tce., Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. £10. Iceni on at 2.15pm. Info 07872 451717.
3 day weekend beer festival with various bands.
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GROOVE-A-MATICS Blues All Dayer - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Ouseburn. Free.
Q2 bus drops you off at the door.
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Evening
JOHN BUTCHER etc - Dunston Staithes. 6.45pm. £5.
Details in RH Column.
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SOLO JAZZ, Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd, Jesmond.
Quality food and music.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Paul Edis/Slowlight Quartet @ The Bridge.

Paul Edis (solo piano).
(Review by Lance).
After weeks, nay months, even years trying to pack the upper room at The Bridge tonight it happened! I don't know if it was because it was Easter and in the "upper room" but the disciples packed the place out and, judging by the applause, there wasn't a Doubting Thomas amongst them!

Gateshead International Jazz Festival - only 5 days to go!

Just a reminder that the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, held at The Sage, will soon be upon us. This mouthwatering gathering of national and international jazz musicians starts on Friday April 5 through to Sunday April 7.
NYJO, Jacqui Dankworth, Soweto Kinch, Tim Garland, Bireli Lagrene, Christine Tobin, Ruby Turner, the Brand New Heavies, Andy Sheppard (along with 200 saxophones!) are just some of the many stars shining brightly over the weekend. There really is something for everyone including workshops and free concerts on the concourse..
For full details visit The Sage website.
Lance.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bands Wanted!

Leanne, the landlady of the Alum House pub in South Shields, is in the process of re-opening Rosie Malone's, also in South Shields."Rosie's", you may remember, was the Thursday afternoon venue for the Maine Street Jazzmen for a few years before it closed down.
Now under new management, Leanne is hoping to put bands on on a Friday afternoon preferably different bands and different genre each week. So it could be jazz one week, folk the next, rock 'n roll, blues or CW the next and so on.
Interested bands should contact Leanne on 07545 568133.
Lance.

Musical Tribute to Crombie

Debra Milne wrote the words and combined with Steve Glendinning on the music in this tribute to the late Keith Crombie and the Jazz Café.
Lance.

GIJF Help wanted.

I wondered if readers could help me with my Festival decisions.  In deciding which jazz gigs to attend/avoid I frequently rely on the opinion of people whose opinions I respect.  Bireli Lagrene has been highly recommended to me, conversely he has been largely dismissed as little more than a technician.  So, should I invest my pension in a ticket or sit by the fire drinking cocoa and watching the TV?  Advice very welcome.
John (and Kathy)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Eric Delaney and WYJO

Eileen Smith kindly sent me this magnificent photo of the late Eric Delaney performing with the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra.
What a player, what a character and what a great loss!
Lance.

Last "Ride" for Sabian Cymbal creator. RIP Robert Zildjian.

Drummers across the world will today, no doubt, be mourning the passing of Robert Zildjian creator of Sabian Cymbals.
Originally in partnership with his brother Armand Zildjian manufacturing Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, a family feud led to a split with Armand retaining control of the Zildjian brand and Robert forming Sabian.
Robert Zildjian died March 27 aged 89.
Obituary.
Lance.

Burundanga @ Hoochie Coochie March 28, 2013

(Review by Lance)
Burundanga, I learned after the gig, is also the name of a drug said to be used by US criminals who hand out business cards impregnated with the shit to incapacitate their victim. I didn't really need to know this having just been given a card by Sara, the band's manager!
It was true - I did feel incapacitated although that may have been caused by the bottles of London Pride consumed or perhaps the infectious rhythms laid down by the band rather than any dodgy cards.

Jazz Café at The Star Newcastle: March 27 Gabriele Mit Drei: and Jam Session

Gabi Heller (vocals); Alan Law (keys); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Dave Parker (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was a mammoth gig of one and a half hours, with no let up in the skill and enthusiasm of the performers, followed by a half hour jam session, just for good measure, and all for free.  You are mad if you missed it, that’s all I can say!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Remembering Ray

Yesterday's Sunderland Echo (Wednesday March 27) published a two page spread on the late bandleader, pianist, trombonist, arranger, composer, educator, Ray Chester.
Ray, who died in January this year, is given a well-deserved write-up (including photographs) detailing his career and achievements - achievements that reached out from his hometown of Sunderland to the hallowed portals of Broadcasting House where he won several Big Band Awards. It also includes tributes from friends and fellow musicians taken, mainly, from the pages of Bebop Spoken Here. Unfortunately, the Echo have not posted the article on-line so ask your newsagent to get you a copy.
A further tribute will be paid to Ray on Sunday June 23 at the Customs House, South Shields when the Ray Chester Big Band with Mia Webb will give a concert in his memory. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds go to St. Benedict's Hospice, Sunderland. A worthy cause and a chance to remember a fine musician and a gentleman.
Tickets can be obtained from the Customs House or on-line here.
Lance.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Preview

Friday 5 April. Hoochie Coochie. 11:00 pm.
Late Night Jazz, Funk and Soul featuring Soweto Kinch.
(Preview by Russell)

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Preview

Friday 5 April. Northern Rock Foundation Hall. 10:30 pm
Stonephace Stabbins
(Preview by Russell)

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Preview

Friday 5 April. The Sage. Hall Two. 8:00 pm
Soweto Kinch: The Legend of Mike Smith + Zara MacFarlane
(Preview by Russell)

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Preview

Friday 5 April. Hall One. 7:30 pm
National Youth Jazz Orchestra with Jacqui Dankworth, Mark Nightingale & Jason Yarde + Jambone.
(Preview by Russell)

Vieux Carré Jazzmen Hit the Headlines (ish)


OK, so I've tried my best to convey to all you trendy North East  jazz fans that the VCJ perform at the coolest, jazz den in Newcastle (The Millstone) every Thursday afternoon. However, the undisputed truth must now be confessed after the recent shocking revelation in The Sunday Sun that the Vieux Carré Jazzmen play for a 'Pensioner's Lunch'. 
If you're joining us today, don't forget your bus pass! 
Brian

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Peter and Paul @ St Nicks

Peter Gilligan (piano) and Paul Grainger (bass) gave a lunchtime recital at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle, on Monday. I wasn't able to attend but, fortunately, this exquisite version of Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most was recorded.
Lance.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CD Review: Felipe Salles - Departure

Felipe Salles (ten/sop/fl/bs clt); Randy Brecker (tpt); Nando Michelin (pno); Keala Kaumeheiwa (bs); Bertram Lehmann (dms/perc); Laura Arpiainen (vln).
Brazilian reedman and composer Salles has put together an intriguing collection of originals drawn from his immersion in a mix of the native music of Brazil, contemporary classical music and, of course, jazz in the form of Bebop, Blues and beyond. Add ace trumpet man Randy Brecker and Salles' long term international band (pianist from Uruguay, German drummer, Boston bassist and a violinist from Helsinki) and you have a very cosmopolitan cupcake.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Maine Street Jazzmen voted Band of the Year by Rochdale Jazz Club


After being given an enthusiastic reception by the members of Rochdale Jazz Club, when the Maine Street Jazzmen played their first gig at the club in July 2012, the band were subsequently awarded the title of "Band of the Year 2012.".
Rochdale Jazz Club operates on a Sunday evening and features different jazz bands from all over the country. In 2012 a total of 37 bands played the venue. Each year the club members are given the opportunity to vote for their “Band Of The Year” and the best band is awarded the “Band Of The Year”  trophy.

Pink Lane Jazz Co-op: @ No. 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle: March 22, 2013

Featuring The Lindsay Hannon Plus; Don Forbes Safe Sextet; Jazz Funk Master D
I’m unable to give an adequate review of this because I wasn't able to stay very long, so I’d love someone else to chip in with an account of the evening.  This was a very sociable gig in a crowded venue which had a pleasant, almost rural atmosphere with lots of plants, a wooden-arched terraced area, old fashioned lights, and a cityscape mural on one wall, though I’d rather have done without the pictures of scantily-clad women which adorned some walls.  The audience included many young people, some of whom were surely Jazz Café regulars, and, of course, the usual jazzers, and Keith’s friend Robert Foster went round with a collection bucket to get money for the co-op.  I had difficulty in hearing Lindsay’s band because the audience were quite noisy, but they, the band, looked as if they were doing fine, and I sadly missed most of the rest of the evening – the Metro rules again!
Watch out for the gig on Saturday April 13 at Newcastle Arts Centre, when you can see Mo Scott and Paul Edis; Hannabiell and Midnight Blue; The Strictly Smokin' Big Band; plus swing dancing and poetry. From 7.30pm till 1am.  Too good to miss – should I order my taxi now?
Ann Alex

Compassionate Dictatorship @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.. March 24, 2013

Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone), Jez Franks (guitar), Dave Manington (double bass) & James Maddren (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Another freezing ‘spring’ evening. Will the big freeze ever end? Perhaps global warming has plunged us into twenty thousand years of sub-zero temperatures. Oh, well, the Bridge Hotel’s heating (30 centigrade) did the trick and the hard-core audience turned out to hear Compassionate Dictatorship. It comes to something when just about everyone is on first name terms!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lindsay Hannon Plus at Hexham Jazz Club March 21, 2013.

It was a dark, cold, evening in Hexham, when Lindsay Hannon, John Pope (bass), Mark Robertson (drums) and new addition to the Plus’s, James Harrison (keyboards), arrived. 
With the first few notes of Love Me or Leave Me, the audience was engaged; basking in a state of relaxed delight which was held all evening. Lindsay’s sets were beautifully balanced, varied and full of gems - presenting all the facets of her voice from lyrical to gutsy, but always expressive. 
James and John’s solos were inventive, intriguing and thoroughly musical and Mark’s drums matched each nuance and set the musical moods.
The audience particularly enjoyed the feelings of space in Old Fashioned Hat; the power and passion in Lindsay’s working of a Joshua Redman tune; and the sparkling rendition of Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes. We are delighted and privileged to enjoy a band of such exceptional quality on a wintry Thursday in Hexham.
Hazel Hanley.

CD Review: Soweto Kinch - The Legend of Mike Smith


Soweto Kinch (rap vocals, alto & tenor saxophones, Fender Rhodes, all beats & programming), Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Jay Phelps (trumpet), Karl Rasheed-Abel (all live double bass), Graham Godfrey (all live drums), Julian Joseph (piano), Cleveland Watkiss (vocals), Eska Mtungwazi (vocals), Rachel Maby (vocals, all interludes)
(Review by Russell).
Soweto Kinch - urban musician, Oxford graduate in Modern History - has produced an ambitious work with the release of The Legend of Mike Smith
A double CD featuring a core band of musicians and a cast of characters tells the story of an aspiring rap artist in a world of ‘corporate suits’ seeking to exploit the underground talent of the eponymous hero is one facet of a project developed over several years in conjunction with Jonzi D. The scale of the work is impressive incorporating dance, design, jazz, hip-hop and visual art. Kinch sees the work as being in development, evolving as it is seen and heard in performance and on CD over the coming weeks and months. 
The work is based around the Seven Deadly Sins with MC Smith portrayed by a double narrator (Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins incorporated the device); Kinch narrates Smith’s inner thoughts, brother Toyin Omari-Kinch is the voice of the protagonist. Kinch the rapper drives the narrative, programmed beats (drum ’n’ bass) and Bach chorales (!) infuse the entire work and the ‘live’ jazz element is of the highest order. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Good Gort! GORT's Gone!

Just been listening to a track by GORT. It's rather lovely yet, I'm told, the band has broken up after only one gig. Hey fella's what gives? Alan Laws, John Pope and Jeff Armstrong, you gel wonderfully on this track - has someone got sweaty feet? Read Hazel Hanley's review.
Lance.

RIP Derek Watkins

Derek Watkins died yesterday. One of the great British lead trumpet players he was first call for every major session. I didn't know he'd played on the soundtrack of every James Bond movie from Dr. No to Skyfall but I did know he'd played and recorded with the British bands put together by Benny Goodman and Maynard Ferguson - I guess Maynard knew what to look for in a trumpet player. 
Dankworth, Heath, Clarke-Boland, Harry South, Stan Tracey were just some of the others who benefited from his precise section work
My late Uncle Bob, lived in Uxbridge and wasn't a jazz person. However, he knew Derek Watkins as someone who occasionally popped into his local social club many years ago! 
Derek Watkins died March 22, 2013 age 68. Sadly missed.
Lance.

Jazz and Hoochie no longer Coochie.

It's looking as though the Thursday night jazz at Hoochie Coochie is drawing to a close. Owner Warren Thompson has announced, with much regret, that the failure of the "Jazz Community" to support these free admission sessions give him no alternative but to throw in the jazz towel at the end of May.
This is quite sad and difficult to explain. Hoochie has booked and paid local bands since it opened a couple of years back. No Arts Council grants or local authority money as back up - just the owner's belief that North East jazz fans would support the music and the musicians in an attractive city centre venue and, hopefully, draw more people to the music along the way.
This didn't happen and I think those so-called jazz fans who failed to show their support might wonder why their own gigs aren't supported. Surely we should be doing our best to keep jazz alive? This can only be done by showing our faces and planting our bums on seats with a drink or two in front of us - particularly when entry is free! So if it's going let's try and make it go out with a bang - show your faces - let the world and Warren know there is a Jazz Community in Newcastle.
Paradoxically, on my recent trip to London both Ronnie's and Pizza were sold out and the punters were shelling out £25-£45 on top of their drinks and eats. 
It's a funny old world...
Lance.

Friday, March 22, 2013

ACV Latest News.

Exciting things afoot.....
Firstly the new ACV album 'Busk' is now available to download from the Babel website - http://babel-label.bandcamp.com/album/busk
Secondly we'll be out on the road for a short tour of the UK through Spring.
25/3 - Capstone Theatre, Liverpool (Jazz North - Northern Line showcase)
03/4 - Dempsey's, Cardiff
04/4 - The Vortex, London
06/4 - Gateshead International Jazz Festival
19/4 - Fuse Box, Leeds (with World Service Project)
25/4 - HX7 Jazz Club, Hebden Bridge
11/5 - Souhport Jazz Festival
Besides the ACV happenings I'll also be at the Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival with Henry Lowther, Tim Whitehead and Northern Sinfonia performing Ian Carr's suite 'Northumbrian Sketches' on Saturday 6th April and then on the 7th I'll be performing a set of completely improvised music with the great Ntshuks Bonga and Corey Mwamba in a support set for Alex Hawkings and Louis Moholo-Moholo.
So a busy month ahead, I can't wait! Hope to see you at one or more of the shows.
Andy C.

Mike, Humph and Buck - The Fallen Heroes.

As readers will have noted, I've been spending a few days in London and enjoying the music at Ronnie's and Pizza. Sadly, this meant I missed Mike Durham's funeral although my thoughts have been with Patti and the family.
More so at 11am on Thursday - the time of the funeral. As fate would decree, purely by chance, I found myself close to 100 Oxford St. which, of all the London venues, was probably the one closest to Mike's heart. It brought back memories for me too - hearing Humph, getting Buck Clayton's autograph (wonder where that went?) As I thought about Mike, Humph and Buck, I noticed there was a band playing later that day - The Fallen Heroes. How heaven sent was that?
RIP Mike I just wish I could have made it. Hopefully, someone will fill us in on the day.
Lance.
PS: Brian Chester has kindly scanned me the order of service which can be seen here. Brian also remarked on the emotive rendition by Caroline Irwin and Roly Veitch of Parlez-Moi d'Amour.

Don Forbes Safe Sextet/Septet: The Star, Newcastle: March 20

Don Forbes (trumpet); Paul Gowland (alto sax); John Rowland (tenor sax); Alan Laws (piano); Mike Papapavlou (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Jeff Armstrong (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex).
The latest gig by the co-operative hoping to reopen the Jazz Café. The Sextet became a Septet - perhaps they were no longer taking precautions - with the welcome addition of music student Mike.  Two of Mike’s friends were playing cards in the corner which added to the bebop atmosphere.  To say that the band were great is an understatement.  This is an area of jazz that I know least about, although I am learning. I certainly couldn't sing it, but I know skilled, exciting musicians when I hear them, and I heard them on Wednesday.  Rich, fast notes tumbling over each other, shouting saxes and trumpet, piano and guitar beavering all around, underpinned by a sneaky bass and drums beating impertinently  Really, you just have to hear this, words can’t do the trick.

Steinway Festival @ Pizza Express, Dean St., Soho. March 21.

Jason Rebello & Dave Newton - Gabor Cseke & James Nagy - Alex Wilson & Cesar Correa +  Will Fry (perc.); Elpidio Caicado (bs). (Piano duos).
(Review by Lance.)
With Dave Newton and Jason Rebello opening the batting we knew this was going to be a mighty fine way to treat a couple of Steinways! Dreamy and reflective they meandered down Green Dolphin Street building it up then gently letting it down. This was no cutting contest but a respectful mutual admiration society as they bounced phrases off each other. Katie's Song, written by Newton for his daughter, is a gorgeous theme that exudes the love that surely inspired it.

CD Review: Anthony Strong: Stepping Out.

Anthony Strong (voice, piano); Tom Farmer, Calum Gourlay (bass); Sebastian De Krom (drums, percussion); Matt Skelton (drums); Chris Allard (guitars); James Morrison (trumpet); Brandon Allen, Nigel Hitchcock (tenor sax) + Also string section.
(Review by Ann Alex)
I seem to have reviewed lots of CDs featuring women singers lately, so what a pleasant change to hear a CD with a male vocalist, and one who is also a skilled pianist.  This is Anthony Strong’s début CD album.  UK born Strong gives us an enjoyable mix of what the insert sheet describes as ‘jazz-pop and classic big band jazz’, but I’d say that this is honest to goodness jazz singing, perhaps with a slight leaning towards the crooning style.  Strong graduated from music college as recently as 2008, and all these tunes except one have been arranged by the singer.  Clever stuff!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

JNE Update

8.00PM SUNDAY 24TH MARCH
COMPASSIONATE DICTATORSHIP
Tori Freestone (saxes); Jez Franks (guitar); Dave Manington (bass); James Maddren (drums)
It’s only three weeks since drummer James Maddren was last at the Bridge, with the Ant Law Quartet, a gig which prompted BeBopSpokenHere reviewer Lance Liddle to describe him as “one of the current drum demi-gods”. And so he is, but he’s in equal company here with a group that’s been steadily building its identity and its reputation since its 2007 formation by guitarist Jez Franks and saxophonist Tori Freestone, both of whom write material for the band and are effectively its co-leaders.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CD Launch: Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can @ Ronnie's Bar.

Kai Hoffman (vocals); Gunther Kurmayr (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (double bass); Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).
(Review by Lance.)
Ann Alex reviewed Kai Hoffman's latest CD enthusiastically - click here. However, just in case she was working for "The Sisterhood", I decided to check out the Launch at Ronnie's for myself!
As we waited for the doors opening I noted, across Frith Street, a blue plaque to no less a musician than Mozart. Little did he know how close he'd got to the big time!
In the upstairs venue known as Ronnie's Bar, the wine was flowing and '50s rock and roll was coming from the speakers. Kai was being sociable in a figure hugging black satin dress that looked good and was au fait with the music.

Sean Noonan’s Bavarian Trio @ The Bridge Hotel. March 19, 2013

Sean Noonan (drums, vocals & kitsch kilt), Norbert Burger (guitar) & Harry Saltzman (tenor saxophone)
(Review by Russell).
Jazz North East invited Brooklyn, NYC drummer Sean Noonan to make another visit to Newcastle, this time in the company of two lederhosen-clad improvisers, to regale us with more of his fantastical tales from the Weird World of Noonan.
The Hub first unleashed their power-trio punk-jazz on an unsuspecting Tyneside public a decade or so ago and Noonan has retained the band’s razor sharp thrash-jazz chops in his latest venture. Noonan went down to the (Bavarian) woods and found to his surprise two like-minded weirdos keen to make a noise, a big noise. And now they are on tour. Noonan is forever on the road, in part to escape the unwelcome advances of a drunkard of a landlady back home (that’s another story and Noonan will, no doubt, tell it again one day), writing and recording new material as he goes.

Yellow Jackets/Ronnie Scott All-Stars @ Ronnie Scott's March 19, 2013.

Russell Ferrante (pno/keys); Felix Pastorius (bs); William Kennedy (dms); Bob Franceschino (ten/sop).
(Review by Lance)
The Yellow Jackets have been going for around 30 years, albeit with fluctuations of personnel. This version was, I guess, as good as any. Certainly the capacity crowd at Ronnie Scott's thought so.
It is jazz/rock fusion - remember that genre? - and it brought back the sounds of the 1980's only somewhat updated.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Press release: Hammond B3 Master Ron Oswanski Makes Auspicious Debut With December's Moon

An All-Star Project Exploring Music By Kenny Wheeler, Led Zeppelin,
Fred Hersch and Oswanski's Beautiful Originals
Lyrical Post-Bop Featuring John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Clarence Penn, and Tim Ries
Though Ron Oswanski is one of the most prodigious Hammond B3 players on a jazz scene rife with rising organ talent, he's just starting to introduce himself as a force in his own right. Also an accomplished accordion player,Oswanski has forged a lithe, lyrical and rhythmically charged contemporary sound steeped in the B3's earthy roots but informed by post-bop developments. With his finely calibrated sense of dynamics and expansive harmonic palette, he can burn with the best of them, and then slow things down for an exquisitely crafted ballad. He showcases his multifaceted sensibility on his stellar CD December's Moon, a revelatory debut album featuring heavyweights such as guitarist John Abercrombie, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Clarence Penn, and saxophonist Tim Ries, who produced the project. The CD will be released March 19, 2013 on Tames Records, distributed by Palmetto Records.

CAPSTONE THEATRE TO HOST JAZZ NORTH’S FIRST NORTHERN LINE SHOWCASE

Fresh from the success of the recent Liverpool International Jazz Festival, Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre has been handpicked by Jazz North to host the first Northern Line Showcase. On Monday 25th March, The Capstone will be the place to catch the most vibrant jazz bands from the Northern jazz scene as ACV, Billy Moon, Engine Room Favourites and Jamil Sheriff Trio, four exciting jazz artists from Jazz North’s Northern Line rostra, will take to the stage to challenge the perceptions of contemporary UK Jazz.
Jazz North is a consortium of experienced delivery organisations and individuals who will build a new northern jazz delivery model, based on collective partnerships.  The new agency supports the existing jazz sector across the North and will lead the development of both art form and audiences across the three regions North West, Yorkshire and North East.

CD Review: RENEE YOXON & MARK FERGUSON – HERE WE GO AGAIN

Renee Yoxon – vocal; Mark Ferguson – piano and trombone; Jeff Asselin – drums; Joel Kerr – bass; Rene Gely – guitar; Frank Lozano – tenor sax; Craig Pederson – trumpet.
Self released, March 12th 2013.
(Review by Debra Milne)
Here We Go Again is the second album from up and coming Canadian jazz vocalist Renee Yoxon, who has teamed up with Ottawan pianist, trombonist, composer & arranger Mark Ferguson.  The project of entirely original compositions explores themes of love, the most poetic of which are, not surprisingly, melancholic.  As a result, most of the tracks are slow tempo songs and ballads, which showcase Yoxon’s clear, warm voice and Ferguson’s delicate piano led ensemble.  

James Birkett with Roly Veitch Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club. March 17, 2013

James Birkett (guitar), Roly Veitch (guitar), Neil Harland (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
It all started back in 1984 at the Black Bull. Over the years Blaydon Jazz Club sought, of necessity, other venues. The club was made welcome where ever it went. The closure of its most recent base - another victim of the recession - necessitated a further move. So, it was a case of ‘full circle’ with the welcome opportunity to return to the Bridge Street hostelry.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stop Press! Alan Glen is back!

Dave Weisser tells me that Alan Glen will make a rare appearance at what was once his regular stomping ground - The Chilli - on Wednesday April 3. Alan will be acc. by John Pope on bass and Paul Wight, drums. If you like to hear jazz piano then this is a great place to start (and finish!) Great to have you back Alan. 
Lance.

Press Release. Kyle Eastwood Band - The View From Here

Release Date: March 11th 2013
In March 2013, Kyle Eastwood will release The View From Here, a brand new album of original compositions that embrace a musical heritage enriched by the varied soundtrack of his youth. Dynamic and bursting with powerful grooves and innovative melodies, the album presents the eclectic music of a band leader, virtuoso instrumentalist and composer who has forged a path as one of the leading artists in his field.

Customs House Big Band @ The Customs House, South Shields. March 16, 2013.

Peter Morgan (md/bs tmb); Paul Riley-Gledhill, Mick Hill, Ken DeVere, Gordon Marshall (tpts); Don Fairley, Chris Kurgi-Smith, Michael Fletcher (tmbs); Jill Brett, Kim Webb, Alan Marshall, Amber Reeve, Chris Kaberry (reeds); Bill Brittain (pno); Roy Willis (gtr); Alan Smith (bs gtr); Barry Black (dms); Ruth Lambert (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
The CHBB's annual back to base concert once more displayed the accuracy and precision of this well drilled unit.
Buddy Rich's Love For Sale kicked things off. Although this arrangement is to big bands what Summertime is to, I quote, "The congested field of jazz singers", it nevertheless is always a crowd pleaser with good solos from Brett, Alan Marshall and Hill. Needless to say the drum breaks by Tyneside percussion legend Barry Black were spot on. The trombones were showcased on Witchcraft and alto saxist Jill also cast a spell or two - as she did throughout the evening.

RIP Terry Lightfoot.

Trad clarinettist Terry Lightfoot died yesterday (March 15) He was a former associate of Kenny Ball's who died last week as well as being a bandleader in his own right.
Lighfoot was a key figure in the 1960s Trad boom hovering around the periphery of The Charts with True Love, King Kong and There is a Tavern in the Town.
He also appeared in the film It's Trad, Dad.
Terry Lightfoot was 77.
Rest in Peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

Martin Litton and Nick Gill: Customs House: Friday March 15, 2013


Nick Gill/Martin Litton (pianos)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
It was as if we were at a Harlem rent party or a New Orleans bordello, the tunes and anecdotes tumbled out from these two gentlemen, dressed for the occasion in smart trousers and grey waistcoat (Martin), and (Nick) in black and red striped blazer, equally stylish trousers and, for the second set, red and white shoes with that (1920’s?) curved pattern, wish I knew what those sort of shoes are called.  Two upright pianos, diagonally back to back, presumably so that the players could communicate, although both players went solo as well.  Marvellous, lively, up and at ‘em rags and stride. I was a bit frustrated – I wanted to dance! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dean Stockdale Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, March 11, 2013

Dean Stockdale (piano), Neil Harland (bass), Stuart (drums)
(Review by JC.)
This gig was generally advertised as Dean Stockdale plays Oscar Peterson, which seemed a bit of a mis-match, as Dean looked young and quite fit whereas the last time I saw Oscar he was definitely carrying a few extra pounds and rumour had it he hadn't picked up a tennis racket for years. So I was pretty sure this gig wasn't going to go the full five sets. However as it happened, the encounter never got to even a tie-break as the Big Man didn't show and Dean had to play for both of them - and boy, didn't he do a good job!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Maine Street Jazzmen - Band of the Year.


The Maine Street Jazzmen played their first gig at Rochdale last summer, and were so well received the band were voted "Band of the Year"  for 2012 by the club committee and members.
( The club book a variety of travelling and local bands throughout the year for their regular Sunday Night jazz club).
They were supposed to play the club again back in January, when they would have been presented with the trophy, however the gig had to be cancelled due to heavy snow.
(The next date for the band at the club is not until the summer! )
However, a small contingent from Rochdale Jazz Club are travelling over from Rochdale on Tuesday (March 19), to attend the band's regular Tuesday evening gig at the Jesmond British Legion, where they will present their Band Of The Year trophy.
Unfortunately, neither Russell or myself will be able to attend and it would be appreciated if someone could do a report and perhaps send a few pics. They are a fine band with, in Olive, a fine singer - any volunteers?
Lance.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Michael Steinman on Mike Durham

Mike Durham was a fan of Bebop Spoken Here (possibly despite the title!) and often used it to spread the word around of events he was involved in - of which I was happy to do. However, I think his favourite blog was Michael Steinman's Jazz Lives - and, indeed it is mine too for classic mid period jazz. I met Michael,  briefly, at the 2012 Classic Jazz Party - the same day we became Facebook Friends!
As such, I think that Michael's remembrance of Mike is perhaps the most fitting of obituaries - it draws a picture of the man to a T (trumpet?).
Here it is.
Lance - (thank you Michael Steinman.)

CD Review: Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - In The Spirit of Duke.

Tommy Smith (ten/md); Ru Pattison (alt/sop/clt); Martin Kershaw (alt/clt); Konrad Wiszniewski (alt/ten/clt); Bill Fleming (alt/bar/bs. clt/clt); Ryan Quigley, Cameron Jay, Tom McNiven, James Marr (tpt); Chris Grieve, Phil O'Malley (tmb); Michael Owers (bs. tmb); Brian Kellock (pno); Calum Gourley (bs); Alyn Cosker (dms).
There will be few better records than this released this year - or any other year! SNJO, led by Tommy Smith and recorded live on their 2012 Scottish tour, pay homage to Duke and, in doing so, somehow manage to put their own stamp on it. The material ranges from the 1920's Creole Love Call, featuring a clarinet trio, Tom McNiven growling like Bubber on Black and Tan Fantasy to more contemporary material such as selections from the, at the time, controversial Peer Gynt Suite. In the Hall of the Mountain King, Anitra's Dance and Morning Mood are the works chosen and I'm sure Greig would appreciate these versions as well as the originals.

Grace Ellen Quintet @ The Star, Newcastle. March 13, 2013

Grace Ellen (vcl); Katy Trigger (bs); Matt Spence (gtr); Dan Smith (alt); John Allen (dms). + Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Sarah Travena (alt);? guitar.
(Review by Lance.)
Ms Allen ran through a tried and tested program of familiar material - in some cases almost direct covers - including Dance me to the End of Love (Madeleine Peyroux), Over The Rainbow (Eva Cassidy); How High the Moon (Ella); Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (Annie Lennox); Fever, Black Coffee, I Love Being Here With You (Peggy Lee); I Can't give You Anything But Love (Rose Murphy) and Summertime (everybody!)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mike Durham Funeral Arrangements.


Patti Durham sent me this re Mike's funeral - "I thought I'd update you - I got confirmation this afternoon from the Funeral Director that the service will be at the Trinity church next Thursday - 21 March.  I've asked for a morning time - at about 11 am.  Afterwards we'll meet up at the Village Hotel - for drinks, buffet, jokes, stories, etc.  plus maybe some more music.  Derek Fleck, Brian Chester and co will play us in and out of the church for the service.  As someone else said, Mike is now walking with the king 
Thanks, Patti x". PS 11am confirmed.
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Beautiful to connect up with the two jazz venues Mike was most associated with in recent years. Patti, we offer you, Cassie and Chris, our absolute, deepest, sympathies and I, personally, am gutted that I will be unable to pay my respects in person. Rest assured that my thoughts will be alongside those of everyone present. 
If, on Thursday at 11am, I'm singing the blues it will be Bix's version as I reflect upon Mike and our mutual love of the great cornet player from Davenport. Iowa.
May he indeed walk with the King as, in our north east dukedom, he was indeed Jazz Royalty.
Lance.

The Jazz Esquires Farewell To The Porthole - Wednesday March 13.

Laurie Brown Leader & Drums, Stan Nicholson Bass Guitar, Robin Douthwaite Guitar, Roy Gibson Keyboard, Terry Dalton Trombone, Tony Winder Reeds, Miles Watson Trumpet & Vocal.
(Report by Miles)
After 27 plus years it was a wrench for the Esquires to say farewell to the old pub although it was anything but a sad occasion. From the usual opener It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing the band ran the gamut of the book from Ida Sweet as Apple Cider through to Intermission Riff in the first half.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CD Review: Joe Gilman - Relativity.

Joe Gilman (pno/Rhodes); Nick Frenay (tpt/flug); Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (ten/bs clt); Zach Brown (bs); Corey Fonville (dms)..
(Review by Lance.)
Not being familiar with the work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher I viewed Relativity with some trepidation. Gilman points out that "Visual art and music have been sympathetic forces for generations as evidenced by Cage and Rauschenburg, Granados and Goya, Rachmaninoff  and Boskin, Corea and Picasso." And so Gilman links up with the work of Eschner (1898-1972) for what turns out to be an absolute delight!

RIP Mike Durham.


The sad news this morning (March 12)  is that Mike Durham passed away earlier today. Mike, trumpet player, leader of the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings and organiser of the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party had been diagnosed with an inoperable tumour earlier this year and while his death was not unexpected it was no less sadder. Classic jazz has lost a great supporter and his passing will leave an irreplaceable void on the north east jazz scene.
Our thoughts are with his family.
Funeral details will be posted when known.
Lance

CD Review: Grace Kelly - Live At Scullers


Grace Kelly (vocal, saxophones); Jason Palmer (trumpet); Pete McCann (guitars, ukulele);  Zach Brown (bass); Mark Walker (drums); Eric Law (Cello); Jaime Woods, Chantale Sterling (backing vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex).
No, not that Grace Kelly, this is a 19 year old singer and sax player giving a live performance from her ‘home’ jazz club in Boston USA, where she’s been known since the age of 6.  The songs and instrumentals were all composed by Ms Kelly except for the two jazz standards on the CD, The Way You Look Tonight, and the ubiquitous Summertime, though the latter is an instrumental, (please note Lance!) so not sung by yet another woman singer.  

Robert Cray Band + Jon Allen @ The Sage Gateshead. March 11, 2013

(Review by Russell)
The blues greats are all but long gone - Buddy Guy is still around, Taj Mahal, Dr.John, very few others (Magic Slim left us a little over two weeks ago). The next generation (no longer young guns) includes one Robert Cray. British blues aficionados were quick to pick up on Cray when he was little known, his earliest recordings on the Tomato label prized possessions (some collectors sought Japanese imports).
One of Cray’s first gigs on Tyneside attracted those-in-the-know to the Students’ Union of Newcastle University. Decades later the man from Columbus, Georgia, USA walked out onto the stage of Hall One at the Sage Gateshead to a considerably larger following! Cray said it was a pleasure to be back at the Sage Gateshead, turned to his band mates and said: Let’s get to it! 

Gill replaces Dickie in piano duo concerts.

This weekends two concerts at Customs House, South Shields and Trinity Church, Gosforth due to feature Neville Dickie and Martin Litton will now have Nick Gill replacing Dickie who is indisposed.
Gill, leader of the Oxford Classic Jazz Trio is a worthy stand in as demonstrated on this YouTube clip of Fats' Vipers Drag.
Lance.

Monday, March 11, 2013

CD Review: Olivia Foschi - Perennial Dreamer.


Olivia Foschi – voice; Miki Hayama – keys; Michael Olatuja – bass; David Rosenthal – guitar; Ulysses Owens Jr – drums.
(Review by Debra Milne.)
Olivia Foschi (Foo-Ski) spent several years developing her jazz voice in the US and in Italy, in the process of which she met drummer, and Perennial Dreamer’s producer, Ulysses Owens Jr. Owens has an impressive resumé, having played with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, and Kurt Elling, with whom he won a Grammy for his work on the album ‘Dedicated To You’ in 2010.  More recently, he has taken to producing a number of emerging vocalists, including Foschi.  

Eyes Shut Tight @ The Bridge Hotel. March 10, 2013

Paul Baxter (double bass), Johnny Tomlinson (keyboards) & Kristoffer Wright (drums)
(Review by Russell.)
Sunday night at the Bridge. One thing was for certain - it would be snowing. It was. Another thing - there was a predictably small audience. Where would you rather be - in front of a television watching Countryfile: a Royal Appointment or perhaps Top Gear (I've just checked) or sitting with a tip-top pint in one of Newcastle’s very best pubs listening to some first rate jazz? No contest, surely?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

CD Review: Callum Au Big Band - Something's Coming.

Personnel and samples.
(Review by Lance.)
22 year old trombonist Callum Au leads this stirring 17 piece ensemble from the front! His feature on the opening September in the Rain reveals him to be a player of maturity far beyond his years. What a rich fruity sound he gets! He quotes Mark Nightingale as being among his teachers. I think Mark himself would have been proud of this version!

CD Review: Nathan Haines - The Poet's Embrace.

Nathan Haines (ten); Kevin Field (pno); Alan Koetsier (dms); Thomas Botting (bs).
(Review by Lance.)
New Zealand, to the best of my knowledge, isn't a country with a rich jazz heritage. Off hand, I can't think of any musicians  from NZ who have made their mark as jazzmen. With this CD however, all that may change!
Nathan Haines is a new name to me although, back in the 1990's he lived in London and even owned a night club - Bernsahl. More recently, he played two sell-out nights at Ronnie Scott's.

How many can you recognise?

Derrick Cogger sent this montage of gig-scarred north-east jazzmen of yore and wonders how many you can recognise? Derrick, of course, plays trumpet on several of the pics.
Lance.

Mother's Day

With Miles Davis, every day was a "Mother's Day".
Lance.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

The queue forms on the right girls...

The Naturist Foundation Jazz and Real Ale Festival announce the full line-up for their Jazz and Real Ale Festival which takes place from the 27th to the 30th June 2013. The event is the only four day outdoor jazz festival in the UK. Jerry Turner, Music Director of the Festival said “I am very pleased with the programme for this year which features some jazz greats as well as emerging talent. The Thursday evening features young musicians who are establishing a name for themselves such as Yazz Ahmed, Kieren Stickle McLeod and Jack Davies. The rest of the festival includes musicians such as Peter King the greatest alto player in the UK, Frank Griffith and Jean Toussaint from the USA, Vasilis Xenopoulos from Greece, Digby Fairweather, Julian Marc Stringle, Ben Cummings, Byron Wallen, the MJQ Celebration with Karen Sharp, and the solo piano of Keith Nichols over Sunday lunch. A New Orleans style umbrella parade through the grounds is
followed by Harry Strutters Jive and Swing for a fun filled Saturday afternoon.”

Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor @ The Sage - Take 2.

(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
The definition of 'jazz or not jazz', discussion raises it head once again after going to this concert, but as many a person has said before me 'there are only two kinds of music, good or bad!' Well this concert was 'good music' without a doubt.
The concert featured Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor playing solo and as a duo for two sets about an hour each, playing to a near sell out audience at The Sage.
I have seen and heard Martin Taylor before so I already knew he is a world class acoustic guitar musician, but with just being made aware recently of Tommy Emmanuel and never ever having heard him play live (I did check him out on YouTube though!) , we awaited to see him with great anticipation.

Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor @ The Sage. March 8, 2013

(Review by Russell).
The Sage’s principal concert hall (Hall One) seats 1700 patrons. The appearance of guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor ensured that a good number of those seats were occupied – no mean feat in these straightened times on a cold winter’s night (spring has most definitely not yet sprung). Aussie Emmanuel has toured the world tirelessly for many years, so too Scotland’s Taylor, earning the right to perform at such a prestigious venue as the Sage Gateshead.

Gabriele Mit Drei with Gordon Phillips: City Library, Newcastle March 8 International Women’s Day


Gabriele Heller (vocals, kazoo); Paul Beck (keyboard); Steve Glendinning (guitar);
Dave Parker (double bass); Gordon Phillips (poetry).
(Review by Ann Alex.)
This was a fine contribution to International Women’s Day from a talented poet, and Gabi and the band, who reached the high standard that we’ve come to expect from this outfit.  And it was free, with tea or coffee and biscuits as well!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Paul Edis Trio @ The Lit and Phil


Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums) 
(Review by Russell)
The second in the series of monthly lunchtime gigs at the Lit and Phil attracted a standing room only audience. The north east’s premier piano jazz trio presented a programme of nine jazz standards composed by four of the stellar names in the history of the music.

Djangologie @ Ashington Jazz Club. March 6, 2013.


Emma Fisk (vln); James Birkett, Giles Strong (gtr); Mick Shoulder (bs).
(Review by Peter S.)
Our members gathered at the Elephant for the third visit of Djangologie knowing we were going to experience an excellent evening of superb Django music presented by this group of talented musicians. What more can be said of these very popular and outstanding exponents of gypsy jazz style that has not already been written into Bebop Spoken Here  on many other reviews  in the North East and beyond? 

CD Review: Aquarium - Places.


Sam Leak (pno); James Allsopp (ten/bs.clt);  Calum Gourley (bs); Joshua Blackmore (dms).
(Review by Russell)
Pianist Sam Leak presents eight compositions on Places the new release from Aquarium on  Jellymould  Jazz. A quartet variously comprising graduates of the Royal Academy of Music and multi-award winning musicians on the UK scene,  Leak has clearly written for the musicians on this recording.
Reeds virtuoso James Allsopp is afforded generous solo space on tenor saxophone and the occasional bass clarinet excursion (hearing Allsopp in concert on the latter instrument was a truly memorable experience). Tenor and piano flow effortlessly on the title track, in contrast to the coiled intensity of the post-Coltrane Milan on which Allsopp’s measured phrasing is challenged by Leak’s dark chord progressions.

Name these musicians.

The death yesterday of Kenny Ball prompted Colin - our man in Hong Kong - to send this photo of a very young Kenny Ball. The "CG" initials on the shirts suggest the band is Charlie Galbraith's but who, asks Colin are the others?
Colin also sent this clip of Kenny Ball playing at Ned's back in 1977.
Lance.

Safe Sextet @ Hoochie Coochie. March 7.

Don Forbes (tpt); Paul Gowland (alt); John Rowland (ten); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The Safe Sextet - once part of the Friday night furniture at the Jazz Café were fortunately overlooked by the Miller removal men on Wednesday so they will not be up for auction at the Sale Rooms.
This is a shame as, after tonight's performance, the bidding would be intense!

Yorkshire Heritage Coast Jazz festival

Join the Vieux Carré Jazzmen on a day trip to the Yorkshire Heritage Coast Jazz Festival in the beautiful North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes on Saturday 25 May
Our coach will depart Whitley Bay Town Centre (opp. The Victoria) at 10.00am and pick up at The Corner House, Heaton, at 10.20am
Arrive Staithes Village Hall around midday (food and bar available). 
You can choose to take a stroll around the village, call in for a tipple at the Cod and Lobster public house and sample their excellent fish ‘n’ chips. Owner of the nearby Captain Cook Inn, Neil Readman, informs me that on the day there'll be 15 cask ales available along with hot food and sandwiches.
The Vieux Carré Jazzmen take to the stage at 12.30pm to perform 2 x 60 minute sets of stomping, traditional New Orleans jazz. 
Depart Staithes around 3.30pm 
Arrive Corner House 5.00pm  
Whitley Bay town centre 5.30pm 
Cost including coach travel and admission to the Village Hall: £20 
Call me on: 0191 252 9429 or 07710 528413 or 'e' me. 
Limited places so book NOW. 
Brian Bennett.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

CD Review: Mark Lockheart - Ellington in Anticipation.

Mark Lockheart (ten); Finn Peters (alt/fl.); James Allsopp (clts); Emma Smith (vln);Liam Noble (pno); Tom Herbert (bs); Seb Rochford (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This is not your run of the mill chunk of Ellingtonia rather it's an almost contemporary classical delve into the Ducal domain. The arrangements, and the four non Ellington pieces, are all by Lockheart and he shows a rare insight into the art of making someone else's work sound like his own.

RIP Kenny Ball

Many years ago, at Newcastle City Hall, I was sitting on the stage, behind the Sid Phillips Band Came the interval and, as the band left the stage,. the trumpet player said to me, "Isn't it hot?" I said, "Sure is" and thus ended my one and only conversation with Kenny Ball. Strange that I've remembered that over all these years.
Kenny Ball wasn't your average trad trumpet player but a skilled pro who also worked with Eric Delaney.
At the height of the "Trad Boom" he had lots of hits which turned many of the purists against him - the "it can't be good it's popular" brigade.
In recent years the Kenny Ball Jazzmen made several visits to The Sage as part of the 3Bs package - with fellow Octos Barber and Bilk. - most recently just last December. Kenny was but a shadow of his former self yet still put on a show.
Sadly missed
Kenny Ball died earlier today aged 82.
Obituary.
Kenny Ball @ Ned Kelly's 1977 (courtesy of Colin A.)
Lance.

RIP Alvin Lee

Sad to hear of the death of guitarist Alvin Lee. His work with Ten Years After is legendary and one of my abiding memories is hearing the band at Newcastle City Hall - my one and only Rock concert! His solo on Woodchopper's Ball from the album Undead is surely the best version of this tune outside of Woody Herman.
Alvin Lee died on March 6 after undergoing routine surgery.
He was 68.
Lance.

Jazz Caff Refugees @ The Star, Westgate Rd., Newcastle March 6

Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms). + Dave Parker (ba); Peter Ninnim (dms); Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Ann Alex (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Gilligan set the ball rolling with All Blues. The Kind of Blue classic seemed to be tailor made for Pete. His casual nonchalance at the keyboard a contradiction of what he was actually putting down. Paul Grainger solid and stable kept things under control whilst Jeff Armstrong displayed the reasons why he is in every other band - or so it seems!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Porthole Sinking

Breaking news is that The Porthole, North Shields is to close next week after almost 30 years as a jazz venue. Next week's lunchtime (Wed/Fri) sessions will be the last.
R.I.P.
Lance.

And now the furniture is gone...

I was just passing the Jazz Cafe', PinkLane and sadly heard that the Miller is coming to pick up the furniture at 6pm.
Kav (On Facebook)

"Get More Gigs Seminar"

On April 14th Splinter will host a 'Get More Gigs' seminar at The Bridge. It's free to attend but there is a registration form to fill in on the Jazz North website.
You can read all about it here...
http://www.jazznorth.org/opportunities/get-more-gigs/
The seminar will run between 3pm and 7pm and rather than book a band for the evening gig I thought a jam session would be a good idea.
Andy Champion.

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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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