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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Laura Jurd Septet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. January 27

Lauren Kinsella (voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Chris Batchelor (trumpet), Colm O’Hara (trombone), Mick Foster (bass saxophone), Alex Roth (guitar) & Corrie Dick (drums)  
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Last Tuesday in the month, Jazz North East’s Schmazz strand, upstairs at the Jazz Café. The ‘Caff’ was closed, the shutters down. Had Laura Jurd’s gig been cancelled? Ah! Of course, the gig had been scheduled in the Black Swan around the corner!
The Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road was open for business. The Black Swan – a basement bar and performance space – is a large venue. Jazz North East anticipated a larger audience than usual for the visit by the much talked about trumpeter and, indeed, a larger than usual audience turned up.
Jurd is on tour. Her second album – Human Spirit – garnered favourable reviews and the line-up on the recording committed to the tour. Irishwoman Lauren Kinsella (now living in London) introduced Colm O’Hara to Jurd. The Irish trombonist impressed, got the job of working on the studio session and made the journey across the Irish Sea to tour the UK
The septet opened, appropriately, with Opening Sequence. As the evening unfolded Jurd gave many solo opportunities to her hand-picked band. Bass sax plumber Mick Foster hit on a free vamp with drummer Corrie Dick during She Knew Him (a highlight of the first, enjoyable set).
Vocalist Lauren Kinsella (another much talked about young musician) is a familiar face (and voice) to the Newcastle audience, this being her fourth gig on Tyneside in recent years. Her distinctive approach met with the approval of more than one vocalist in the Black Swan crowd. A mischievous, light, southern Irish burr played with sound; a lyric deconstructed, reconstructed, exemplified in an exchange with Chris Batchelor on a forward looking (it will soon be spring) Brighter Days. Many of the tunes were anchored by the excellent drumming of the award-winning Corrie Dick. A trumpet/drums section sparkled inviting others to step up – Alex Roth (guitar), Kinsella, plumber Foster. Pirates (written with Mark Lockheart in mind) ended the set. The tune is available to download for free at: www.laurajurd.com
Second set. Roth and Dick set about tearing up Blinded. Jurd’s writing lets her musicians off the leash, but only so far before reining them in and the duo would have to continue a dialogue some other time (next gig). Jurd herself played with a minimum of pedal effects.   An accomplished trumpeter, more trumpet wouldn’t have gone amiss. The CD title track – Human Spirit – settled into another riff/vamp featuring Batchelor and Dick. The gig’s penultimate number – More Than Just a Fairy Tale – worked well, a collective piece. A concert beginning with Opening Sequence could only be brought to a close with Closing Sequence. And so it was. Jurd has established her name. It will be interesting to see what she does next. This gig was the first in a series of PRS funded Jazz North East concerts – Women Make Music – showcasing some of the best female musicians working in jazz today.      
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.
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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