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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

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


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Johnny Deps in Crook - Paul Edis Sextet @ St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook, Friday June 6.

Paul Edis (Piano), Mick Shoulder (Bass), Adam Sinclair (Drums), Graeme Wilson (Tenor/Baritone Sax), Chris Hibbard (Trombone) and Johnny Dunn (Trumpet and Flugelhorn).
(Review/photo by Jerry)
“7.30 p.m., summer sun (about time) streams through the high window, nibbles are on the tables, bottled ales are flowing and a chattering Crook crowd thinks they are in for a great evening. Adam’s drums rip into Administrate This, the chattering stops and the crowd KNOW they are in for a great evening! “
 I wrote the above exactly one year ago but I make no apology for recycling it. Johnny Dunn again graced the front line, so it all still applies.
As then, the mix for the evening was: originals from the group’s first CD, There Will Be Time; originals featured on the second CD, Mr Hipster, (to be launched at Sage Gateshead on September 25) and a couple of standards for good measure. Thus the first set included: The Timothy’s (aka “I’m in with the in-laws”), Eastern, Missing You (Aaaaaah!), Black Orpheus, and Blues for Dad (aka “Keep Pops onside, too”).
New to Crook was the forthcoming CD’s title-track, Mr Hipster – a gem of Pink Panther-ish drumming and slinky attitude. There were no “hipsters” in the audience (apparently even those of us with beards lacked the inventive topiary required) but it went down well anyway! As did the half-time pizza.
The second set opened brightly with Mick Shoulder’s bold and brassy arrangement of My Heart Belongs to Daddy and continued with Better Than a Punch in the Face. Next up (again, I think, new to Crook) was the serendipitously Scouse-inspired Lost in Translation – a “bass-heavy” piece featuring Graeme Wilson’s growling baritone sax and a great “snap” ending.
It was interesting to compare the sextet’s Vignette with the piano version from the recently reviewed (Jazz Journal – FOUR STARS!) solo album, Not Like Me. I prefer the solo version whereas the opposite applies with Eastern.
Paul then played, solo, a short, recently-written piece entitled Vince – appropriately more classical than jazzy, as dedicated to friend whose idea of heaven was any place inhabited by the Vienna Philharmonic!
Knight Errant, another instantly lovable original, featured muted brass, GraemeWilson on flute, infectious Spanish rhythms and a Flamenco-clapping finish. Olé! Angular, with solos for all and audience-participation during a drum solo (whatever next?), brought a thoroughly enjoyable evening to a close.
There are more gigs coming up at this thriving venue (Customs’ House Big Band next) - get there if you can!
My birthday happens to be on September 25 and I know where I will be – at The Sage for the CD launch! Get there too, if you can.

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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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