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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Celebrating Roy @ The Bridge Hotel. March 11

Nick Malcolm (trumpet) & Roger Turner (percussion)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Late last year Jazz North East secured a return visit in 2014 by American free jazz trumpeter Roy Campbell to perform in a duo with British drummer Roger Turner. In January Campbell died at the age of sixty one. The Tyneside promoters had a decision to make – scrap the date altogether or attempt to stage something in memory of the man. An invitation extended to young British trumpeter Nick Malcolm was readily accepted and the pairing of Malcolm and Roger Turner would, it was hoped, be a fitting tribute to Roy Campbell.
Drummer Roger Turner had played on Tyneside on many occasions, his pedigree not in doubt. Nick Malcolm was known to the select few who had heard him a little over a year ago leading his own quartet at the Bridge Hotel. A fabulous player, would those unaware of his abilities turn out to hear him on this auspicious occasion? In the event, most stayed away. They missed a great performance by Malcolm and nothing short of a master class from Turner. A brass player suffering from a heavy cold doesn’t bode well, the more so in the exposed duo format. Fearless, if nothing else, Nick Malcolm went for it. Roger Turner didn’t make allowances for his ailing partner – play up, play on.
The nature of free jazz found Malcolm working hard for forty five minutes, the only respite came as Turner played unaccompanied for a period. Malcolm didn’t shirk but he did cough and splutter, guttural gestures triggering a coughing fit, similarly, full on blowing leaving him gasping for breath. Turner’s technique, honed over the years, is an audio-visual treat. Great sound, great feel, watching him do it is an education. Drummers were thin on the ground, perhaps they were gigging, perhaps not. If in the latter category then they should have been at the Bridge.
The second set proved to be a shorter affair; one piece, ending as it did with neither musician having anything further to say. Such is the form, there is no set list, no preconceptions, simply start playing then cease playing. A really good gig for those interested in the music. Roy Campbell would surely have approved.        
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.
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