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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Jazz Café Jam February 4











Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Dean Stockdale (pno); Eric Stutt/Ian Forbes (dms); Don Forbes (tpt); Stuart Finden/Johnny Davis (ten); Fiona Finden (ten/vcl); Lindsay Hannon/Claire Kelly (vcl); Ray Burns (vcl/hca) etc.
(Review by Lance)
Bruce Bax looked around the crowded room and said to me "The Caff is reborn!" I knew what he meant not least because most, if not all, of the musicians on the stand had been part of the iconic building's previous incarnation. Familiar faces in the audience too - not least Bruce himself whose charismatic 1940's style trilby, strategically angled at 45º, was forever a part of the old Jazz Café landscape.
The house trio for the evening  set the mood with the opener Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most followed by a familiar sounding Bud Powell number. Peter and the two Pauls were on fire.
Next up a contingent of Budtones - Dean Stockdale maintaining the high standard of piano playing, Eric Stutt ditto drumwise and Mr and Mrs Finden brandishing Mark VI tenors with vocals from the distaff half.
Don Forbes blew trumpet on There Will Never be Another You and Come Rain or Come Shine.
Ray Burns, as ever, took the sartorial honours despite his contradictory choice of song - Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out. I've never seen anyone look less Down and Out and nor have I heard anyone sing it better 'cept maybe Bessie Smith but Bessie didn't blow harp like Ray!
Lindsay sang You'd be so Nice to Come Home to (not to me unfortunately) and My Funny Valentine. Ian Forbes dazzled on drums, a girl whose name I failed to catch sang Dream a Little Dream of me, Johnny Davis blew tenor and Claire Kelly gave us No Moon at All and 'Round Midnight.
There was more but that good old wagon the 27 bus was due...
Roll on next month.
Correction - See you in 2 weeks that's how well it went!
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Great night Lance nice to see you there, and for the kind words xx

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  2. Perhaps I'm starting to hallucinate, Lance, but I could swear I saw a proper "steam" piano on the photos. It's got to be worth a visit just to see this endangered species for oneself, let alone all these excellent musicians!

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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