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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

Archives.

Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. February 26

Dave Weisser (trumpet, flugel & vocals), Don Forbes (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Ian Forbes (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Having heard the great guitars of James Birkett and Bradley Johnston at the Lit and Phil there was still time to dash to the Chilli and catch some of Dave Weisser’s weekly workshop. In the downstairs bar canned music blared out. A pint of Rivet Catcher (Jarrow Brewery). Ascending the stairs the workshop’s second half was under way. Trumpeter Don Forbes blew, no sign of Dave Weisser. However DW was in the building – the give-away being his Miles t-shirt draped, as ever, over the back of a chair. Weisser reappeared (he’d been to the ‘john’, as his fellow Americans would say).
Forbes played the intro with keys man ‘Bazza’ Ascroft on Tenderly, Weisser sang (he would appear to know the lyrics to a vast number of tunes). Drummer Ian Forbes and bassist Paul Grainger worked in the engine room on the night. Forbes, a wise-cracking eccentric veteran, plays drums better than many half his age; brushwork, Modernist hi-hat, every trick in the book. Oleo heard earlier in town at the Lit & Phil resurfaced at the Chilli. Ascroft and Forbes led the charge and Paul Grainger got stuck in during an exchange with Forbes (Ian). Altoist Rachel Richman stated the theme on My Foolish Heart as Weisser once more delved deep into his lyrics’ memory bank. One of Bebop Spoken Here’s duties is to note the passing of musicians, be it from the north east region, nationally or internationally. On the day the news broke about the death of Mick Danby it was fitting that Dave Weisser should dedicate the evening to his friend and former band mate.             
Russell.

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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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