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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 Thursday August 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
Rendezvous Jazz - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Indigo Jazz Voices - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4. 7:30pm. £5.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrogate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w.Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto); Dave Archibold (keys)- Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

PG Allstars @ Salsa, May 3

Paul Gowland (ten/alt), Pete Gilligan (pno), Ray Truscott (bs), Steve Doyle (dms)
(Review/photo by Dave Parker)
This was mainstream jazz of the highest quality – as good as anything you might hear in a top London club, but this was Saturday night in a small bar on Westgate Road and free admission.  Geordie jazz lovers are lucky.
The PG Allstars played standards but Gowland and Gilligan made them sound like originals.  They reworked the harmony on the classic ballad In a Sentimental Mood so it was less sugar and more spice.  Gowland played the head of Bye Bye Blackbird as though he’d just made it up with only an occasional snatch of the original melody.
Midnight Voyage lived up to its name: Gowland’s dreamy tenor took us to far away places and then back again with a brief echo of the melody before handing over to Gilligan whose haunting solo was equally transporting and then Truscott continued the mood with a lyrical journey through the entire range of his six-string bass.
Next was Take Five, the most familiar jazz tune which Gowland, on alto, made sound as fresh and extraordinary as when it was first played over 50 years ago.  Gilligan and Truscott kept the 5/4 rhythm nailed down while Doyle rolled all over the kit.
No point in mentioning every number – they were all brilliant.
Dave P.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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