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Bebop Spoken There

Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Saturday August 19

Radio
5pm Radio 3: Jazz Line-up. Live from George Heriot's School, Edinburgh. Includes Dime Notes; Gwyneth Herbert &Andy Sheppard/John Patticelli.
12 (midnight) Radio 3: Geoffrey Smith's Jazz. Mingus selection.
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Afternoon
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Evening
Lin Lee Wong (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Smokehouse Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sokool Band - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. Brenda Sokell w. quartet.
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Rendezvous Jazz - Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £12 (£10 - Friends of Durham Cathedral).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jam Session @ Jazz Café May 20.

Peter Gilligan (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Paul Wight (drums) + Paul Edis (piano); Lindsay Hannon (vocal); Paul Gowland (alto); Stuart Finden (tenor); Fiona Finden (tenor/vocal); Kath Lowdon (vocal) + ?.
(Review by Lance)
A jam session (any jam session) is a many varied thing. One week no one turns up, another week maybe a few wannabees flexing their developing chops and some weeks the big hitters are in town.
Last night was just such a night at the Jazz Café!
The '3 P's in an ipod' that form the resident trio ie Messrs Gilligan, Grainger and Wight (mega fash. new haircut) got the groove going with the familiar and always hypnotic All Blues. The feel good factor was there. Laura, What's New? and other standards followed, Gilligan successfully coping with the piano's tonal idiosyncrasies - he may go down in history as the guy who found the lost chord!
Another P - Paul Edis - also searched for that elusive harmonic compilation whilst stunning us with an up tempo My Funny Valentine that was only twice the speed of light. Needless to say, this was no problem for Wight, nor a danger to Grainger who both hung on in there enjoying the ride.
Time for a song, time for Ms. Hannon. Mean to Me, lots of liberties with her phrasing that worked. Only Anita O'Day could have maybe bettered this version -  maybe. Solitude in 3 wasn't quite as show-stopping but You'd be so Nice to Come Home to certainly was. Helped along by Paul Gowland on alto (so many PGs in the room I half expected Peter Gabriel to walk in) Lindsay put her brand on this Porter masterpiece and Gowland rubber stamped it.
The altoist took centre stage for Ornithology and Autumn in New York and an exotic eastern flavoured piece that I only heard fragments of as I reached for the stars or to be more precise the 23rd floor toilet (exaggeration!)
Next up the Findens toting tenors for a blast on a swinger I vaguely recognised followed by Sister Sadie then a vocal by Fi.
More words by Kath Lowdon, incredible range, on Stormy Weather and some equally stormy alto from Gowland.
Waiting in the wings were Ray Burns, Debra Milne, Kath Jobes and several more but time and train wait for no one so it was adieu until June 3.
Lance. 

1 comment :

  1. The boys went home on the A Train with Stuart 'Mind the Doors' Finden jumping on board in the nick of time (Finden, tenor, Gowland, alto).

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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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