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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)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Michelson Morley @ The Jazz Café. April 29

 Jake McMurchie (tenor & soprano saxophones, electronics), Will Harris (double bass), Mark Whitlam (drums, electronics) & Dan Messore (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The Jazz Café’s upstairs performance space hosted Jazz North East’s monthly Schmazz night. Michelson Morley made the journey from Bristol for this, their first date of a nationwide tour. Band leader Jake McMurchie brought with him the just released CD - Aether Drift - which was to prove a popular purchase on the night.

The title track (Aether Drift) opened the show. McMurchie played tenor utilising electronics through an array of pedals. Ad hoc band member Dan Messore (guitar) contributed Damp Squib (the tune anything but) and being his tune, he took a solo! Playing a wide-bodied Hofner he knew his way around the fretboard alright. Solo statements developed out of ethereal soundscapes, McMurchie on tenor or soprano, Messore (guitar). Bassist Will Harris worked a repetitive, minimalist seam (swing at a premium), occasionally surfacing to demonstrate his not inconsiderable chops.
Some of McMurchie’s tunes took as their inspiration an interest in things scientific, some simply had humourous titles - Fringe Shift (think receding hairline) and Rice Rage (think culinary disaster). Fringe Shift shifted through the gears, one of the tunes of the night, McMurchie on tenor, bass and drums taking solos. The other highlight, the closing number of the night - Rice Rage - heard Messore in full flight, so too McMurchie.       
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.)
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