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Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Wednesday January 18

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Ruth Lambert w. Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Note earlier start and a small increase in admission.
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Alex Hutton, Andy Champion & David Carnegie @ The Jazz Café. June 7

(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Mid afternoon the heavens opened, threatening to wash away the Newcastle Community Green Festival and local league cricket matches were promptly abandoned. The big gig on the night was at the Jazz Café – rain, rain, go away – and the possibility of a no-show crossed the mind with musicians and audience stranded, awaiting the emergency services to rescue them from rooftops, north, south, east and west.
An hour or so ahead of gig time the rain stopped – from deluge to bone dry in no time. In the Jazz Café an on loan Gretsch drum kit was being assembled (thanks to loanee Mr Eric Stutt). Short-notice dep bass player Andy Champion was on the premises and Edinburgh-based drummer David Carnegie (once of the Parish of Tyneside) would soon arrive. DC walked into the Caff  smiling, unfailingly polite, one hell of a drummer. The trio’s pianist – Alex Hutton – breezed in, renewing acquaintance with DC and meeting up with AC for a first gig together with this line-up.
Hutton had brought some charts of his own compositions and after a quick chat, pointing out this and that, we were ready to go. The first tune – Fox House – featured a solo from Champion. Hutton looked around, a nod of approval, this was going to be something special! Straight into Autumn Fires, the trio nicely warmed-up. Hutton chatted with the audience, sign-posting a church bells effect as a coda to Clouds. Sure enough, bells, They could have been ringing out from St Mary’s Cathedral across the road!
Hutton is a wonderful two-handed player and he appeared to have four hands on Straight No Chaser. Wow! This was good. Champion at full tilt laid down a solo that defied belief (the betting is Hutton couldn’t believe he was working in such company) and Carnegie’s fizzing display (triplets aplenty) had Mr Stutt in raptures. The number had an old school feel to it with shouts of encouragement from the floor, urging the trio to ever greater heights. The applause immense, like another apocalyptic thunderstorm! Hutton said: You liked that one, then!  You bet!
Second set, Fugue No.2, Body and Soul, the same amazingly high standard. Swinging Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, George Shearing and Alex Hutton. JJ (for Jean Jacques Burnel) replete with fleeting quotes (When the Saints) and to close a memorable occasion Underneath the Apple Trees. Hutton, Champion and Carnegie should do it again, soon.  
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.
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