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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Jam Session @ The Jazz Café or Drummers Anonymous

Peter Gilligan (pno); John Pope (bs/bs gtr); Paul Wight (dms): Bradley Johnston (gtr) + David Gray (tmb/tpt); Dave Richardson (dms); Matthew MacKellar (dms); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley to follow).
They were filming in the Jazz Café tonight but, fortunately, the camera team were quite unobtrusive so it didn't interfere with the music.
The quartet, Bradley seems to be an integral part of it these days, were on the money from the off hitting pay dirt with Billie's Bounce, Wave, Alice in Wonderland, There Will Never Be Another You (Gilligan played a blinder on this one!) and Yardbird Suite. All four musicians at the top of their game with John Pope, in the absence of Paul Grainger, slotting easily into the role of Mr Bassman.
Maybe there was a drummer's convention in town but it seemed as though every time I glanced towards the playing area there was a different stickman at the kit.
First up was Dave Richardson from, I'm told, Richmond (Yorks) who booted Scrapple From the Apple along and bossa novaed How Insensitive.
David Gray played some lusty trombone on Caravan and trumpet on In a Mellow Tone. 16 year old Matthew MacKellar was now on drums playing with a maturity that belied his years. This young man is going places (to school the next day being one of them!)
Ornithology played at speed on trombone takes some JJ Johnson-like ability and it is to young Gray's credit that he got round the course without mishap. Russ Morgan was now on the drumstool - no, not the bandleader of So Tired fame, but an ace drummer who has worked with many of the top  names in British jazz and is currently based locally. Impressed.
Gray, Pope (on bass guitar) and Wight had an impromptu go at Watermelon Man - Johnston having left to catch the last train to Clarksville or wherever - before the final (for me) number - Seven Steps to "Hebburn" as Gilligan whimsically titled it.
It was seven wet steps for me as it was now raining but I didn't care - it had been a good night.
Lance.
PS: So many drummers even Ian Forbes didn't get to play!

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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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