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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alter Ego @ Blaydon Jazz Club. April 20

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Dave Hignett (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (keyboards), Tony Abell (double bass) & David Francis (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz Messengers were to be heard across the Tyne on Easter Day. Down river at the Bridge Hotel, Messenger Pete Gilligan preached the Gospel of Silver (H.Silver), up river Alter Ego the torch bearers for Blakey (A.Blakey). Two cracking bop outfits a matter of three or four miles apart on the same night - an impossible choice. Why Blaydon? No reason, one was sure to be as good as the other.
Numbers by Dexter Gordon, JJ Johnson, Johnny Griffin, Horace Silver (that man Silver!) and Bobby Watson peppered the first set. Cheese Cake featured beefy alto from Keith Robinson, In Walked Horace (that man Silver!) lean tenor from Niall Armstrong, tempered trumpet from Dave Hignett, authoritative bass playing from Tony Abell and on Nice and Easy Armstrong dispensed a full measure of mid-tempo bluesy tenor. Bobby Watson, one of Alter Ego’s favourite composers, is a fixture in the set list (this Black Bull date heard three or four of the ex-Messenger’s tunes) and before the interval a Latin piece doubled up with Moon Rise (the latter featuring some proper, line-the-bar-and-listen trumpet playing from Hignett). The set closer – The Soulful Mr Timmons – featured Robinson’s alto and the soulful Mr Andy Hawking (piano).
Hit and Run began the second set, Robinson prominent, so too, Hignett. Bobby Watson’s Wheel Within a Wheel showcased the immaculate dovetailing of the horns, beautiful textures (Hignett’s flugel) and Hawking’s mesmeric piano motif. Monk as Messenger. Why not? Think of One. That’ll do. A band original – Boudini – received its first public airing (a world premiere, said drummer David Francis) with tenor, flugel and piano in the spotlight. Gate-crashing dancers ‘entertained’ the room on Get Back In until they got bored and went back out. Bitter Dose brought the house down before the house lights went up – superb piano playing (Play on!), killer muted trumpet playing, all preaching the gospel of Alter Ego.           
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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