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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.

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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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