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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 07, 2014

GIJF – Day Two Late Night Club @ the Jazz Café

(Review by Russell/Photos by Mike Tilley)
The Gateshead International Jazz Festival is in danger of becoming a round-the-clock, twenty four hour event! The Saturday evening/Sunday morning jam session at the Jazz Café went on into the early hours. Downstairs the Slowlight Quartet entertained the early arrivals (11:00 pm) and the newly refurbished upstairs room opened to the public for the first time at midnight with the committed and the curious out in force. The festival’s big hitters were absent (did anyone really expect Esperanza Spalding to show up?) but some of Tyneside’s finest were present, keen to have a blow. 
The house rhythm section for the occasion – Alan Law (piano), John Pope (double bass, electric bass, suit and tie) and drummer Tom Chapman – invited a succession of musicians to join them on the stand and a most encouraging factor was the age profile, most in their twenties and thirties.
A list, in no particular order, of those on the session: Guitarist Simon Stephenson (first to throw his hat into the ring), tenors Matt Forster, Paul Gowland and Jamie Toms, Liam Gaughan (bass), Strictly Smokin’ MD Michael Lamb, Newcastle University final year music students Jamie Stockbridge (alto) and Adam Stapleford (drums), pianist James Harrison and Caff regular Lindsay Hannon. Festival organisers put in an appearance (at the bar) and couldn’t fail to be impressed with Mike Tilley’s efforts to get the venue ready on time (a week or so earlier the place resembled a building site).
The festival’s late night club has moved around in recent years, the Jazz Café could well be its long term home. A jam session isn’t a jam session without Monk. Well You Needn’t heard the horns, chorus upon chorus, rhythm section cookin’. Trumpeter Michael Lamb all but blew the roof off, jam session cheers, cool nods of approval, smiles, laughter, more beer. Lindsay Hannon, hot foot from Sage Gateshead, got up to sing Basin Street Blues. Introduced as the ‘incomparable Lindsay Hannon’, the boys on the stand were having none of that insisting she was the ‘incompetent LH’ then the ‘incomprehensible LH’. We’ll stick with the ‘incomparable’.
Lamb’s late night muted trumpet pitched just right, Alan Law played it just right (as always), as did JP (the Man in the Suit) and up stepped Paul Gowland to have his say. The Chicken went round and round the Jazz Café farmyard led by the stupendous piano playing of James Harrison. Liam Gaughan’s bass lines did Jaco pround and the horns earned their farmyard corn. The house lights went up, whatever time it was (around stupid o’clock) it was too early. What a night!  Photos.            
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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