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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Jazz Café Jam Tuesday September 2.











Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Paul Gowland (alt); Johnny Davis (ten); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Jen Errington (vcl); Ian Forbes (dms); Ray Truscott (bs gtr); Oliver ? (dms); ? (bass).
(Review/colour photo by Lance. B&W photo by Mike Tilley).
Re-opened after the summer recess, "The Caff" was buzzing tonight. The air of expectancy high and the ultimate delivery even higher.
The house trio got off the mark with a set that included pieces by Horace Silver, Hampton Hawes and Bud Powell along with standards such as Autumn in New York and Beautiful Love. No one does this material better than Gilligan and co.
Paul Gowland, his alto underslung, excelled on A Night in Tunisia that moved along only slightly slower than the speed of light and certainly contained an element of surprise! More relaxing was My One and Only Love featuring a laid back solo from Grainger.
Truscott brought his six string bass guitar to the party, Johnson added a further six strings, Davis gave it some colour with his trademark blue hat and black lacquered tenor and le tout ensemble played I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free. They know now!
Days of Wine and Roses saw sanity restored. Ian Forbes took his place behind the re-arranged kit (Wight blows southpaw) and Bradley played a sensitive version of How Insensitive.
The tall and tanned Jen Errington, arrived on the back of a week in France under the tutelage of Anita Wardell and, judging by September in the Rain and Speak Low, it had obviously paid off.
Two more sitters in. Oliver, a student of Paul Wight's, played drums and a young bass player whose name I did get but have since forgotten. This is no reflection on the young man's playing (both he and Oliver were excellent) but more due to the intake of Geordie Jazz (4.3%) that brought on a short term memory lapse.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Hi Lance! Nice blog. Really enjoyed that jam, first time I've been down since it was revitalised. My mate on the bass was Sam Flynn! (And my surname is Reavell. Paul recorded our rock band in his home studio back when we were doing our Gcses heh, great to catch up with him again!
    All the best,
    Oliver

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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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