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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Alan Glen Trio @ Jazz Café August 1

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Mike Humble (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A laid back, relaxed evening of  classic modern jazz piano. Communication with the audience may have been done through the music rather than with words but, what music!
A tried and tested selection of standards and originals by a pianist who is now legendary in north east jazz circles. As The Bard once wrote, back in 1606, Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Fast forward 400 years, substitute his for her and Will could have been writing about tonight!
Infinite variety was the name of the game and the above trio brought plenty. Rich chordal exploration, dazzling technical flourishes and those exquisite moments when Alan reached the inner core of the tune - almost re-writing it -  all served to remind us that we were in the presence of a master craftsman or, to be precise, three very skilled practitioners of the elusive art known as jazz.
On bass, John Pope continues to astound and his solos are never boring, always displaying an abundance of ideas.
I hadn't heard Mike Humble since those halcyon Thursday lunchtime sessions by the Maine Street Jazzmen at Rosie Malone's (now The Tram) in South Shields. Solid stick-work and benign brushing helped everything gel.
And the music! Salivate over the choice selection of tunes: I'll Remember April; A Weaver of Dreams; Conception; an ultra fast Just in Time; Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's Polka Dots and Moonbeams; another Van Heusen (this time with Johnny Mercer), I Thought About You; All of You; All the Things You Are; Never Let Me Go; plus originals - Big Deal at Ocho Rios and Country Member. The grand finale Something Borrowed had Mike in a less than humble mode with a powerhouse solo that brought the evening to a satisfactory close.
But Alan, those less informed members of the audience (country members?) deserved to be told who they were listening to.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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