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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Sunday, May 11, 2014

French Jazz Night @ The Jazz Café. May 10











Gypsies of Bohemia: Jim Wallace (guitar), Matthew Whitaker (guitar & vocals), Frank Grime (double bass) & Sam Draper (drums)
Shamans Jazz Quartet: Claire Kahn (tenor & soprano saxophones, violin, vocals), Chris Bonno (electric bass), Amos Joseph (piano) & Fito Pierre (drums). 
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley). 
Mitry Mory meets Madchester or never the twain. The French contingent from the outskirts of Paris – the Shamans – opened the show at a well attended Jazz Café. A community, work-shopping band lead by electric bassist Chris Bonno, their set list comprised French popular song (George Brassens, Charles Aznavour), a standard (Autumn Leaves) and a Latin reworking of Minor Swing.
Vocalist Claire Kahn shocked the audience by singing in French. What is the world coming to?!!! School girl/boy French didn’t help much, Kahn’s soprano sax required little in the way of translation; committed, personal statements. The quartet’s sound driven by Bonno, abetted by drummer Pierre’s energetic display, had the effect of relegating pianist Joseph to that of little heard sideman.
The French theme continued with the arrival of the Madchester boys. The Mancs do jazz their way – Django the inspiration, the material whatever takes their fancy. A couple of Django’s tunes paid homage to the man, otherwise this was alt jazz at its best. Alt jazz? Alt country has reclaimed the music from the rednecks, so the Gypsies of Bohemia have set about dispatching the Mouldy Old Fig to the academic margin, deconstructing pop songs as they go. Charismatic front man Matthew Whitaker (rhythm guitar, vocals & alt beard) sat alongside former Newcastle College music student Jim Wallace (guitar) and as they looked up all they could see was a sea of faces – all seats long since taken, pretty young things sat at their feet, the ‘mad for it’ crowd standing ten deep, bouncing off the walls such was the energy generated by the Bohemians.
The rhythm boys – Whitaker, propulsive bassist Frank Grime and ex-Newcastle College student Sam Draper (yes, another success story from the Geordie seat of learning) had it, them, the whole shebang, in their collective back pocket. The eclectic set list – Blondie, Radiohead,, Britney Spears’ Toxic (not as we know it, this was something else, truly toxic!), Soft Cell – struck an acoustic chord with the audience. The Smiths (for some soporific, the Bohemians take on their fellow Mancs somewhat different!), the Prodigy and the Outhere Brothers aren’t obvious jazz material. This gig subverted the obvious, only those with a sense of humour bypass would have failed to get it. The band’s principal soloist, Jim Wallace, studied with James Birkett, some ten years on Dr Birkett would be mightily impressed with his ace student. Superb technique, adapted to the group sound, Wallace is a most impressive player. As the Jazz Café’s mosh pit gathering bounced off the walls the Bohemians enquired triumphantly: Let me hear you say Way Oh!  Boom Boom Boom.         
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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