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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Dawbarn (review of Joe Harriott's LP 'Free Form'): "Both horns scream and roar away, Keane at times doing a pretty fair imitation of an elephant angry with its keeper." - (Melody Maker, December 16, 1961).

Steve Race: "The non-musician critic knows how music ought to sound. But he cannot possibly know how it feels to create it. He is in the position of the marriage guidance counsellor who has never been married." – (Jazz News, June 6th 1962).

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

GIJF – Day One Djangologie - April 4.

Mick Shoulder (double bass), Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar) & Giles Strong (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
At Sage Gateshead moving from one hall to another often presents a dilemma as there is invariably music on the concourse and the impulse is to stop and listen. On the opening night off this year’s festival the late night session on the concourse featured none other than Djangologie. Mick Shoulder’s Hot Club quartet played a first set to an appreciative crowd of three or four hundred transient souls. On this occasion many appeared to be astonished. Who’s this? There fantastic! A scheduled review of a concert in one of the adjacent halls abandoned, the concourse was the place to be.
Second set, audience numbers had diminished due to the competing attractions (Hall Two, the Jazz Lounge, the Jazz Cafés Late Night Club) yet those who stayed on had no regrets. Minor Swing, Nuages and more. A couple stopped, sat at a vacant table and were duly astonished, Clearly they hadn’t previously heard the quartet. The principal soloists – Emma Fisk (violin) and James Birkett (guitar) – crafted impeccable solos, making it look easy. To them it probably is. To this listening audience (our visiting couple included) – Wow! Concourse or concert platform? Does it matter? Perhaps not, the important thing is to catch Djangologie next time, wherever that be.
Bassist Shoulder composes in ‘the tradition’ and one such example – a tail of unrequited love – Beautiful Till 3 stands alongside classic Hot Club material. Shoulder’s engine room mate Giles Strong (rhythm guitar) dropped anchor with his customary faultless display. Festivals by their nature – so much/too much to hear – create highs and lows. Djangologie on the concourse scored highly – ten out of ten, no less.    
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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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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