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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. January 28

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Don Forbes (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Ray Truscott (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums) & Matthew MacKellar (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Alice in Wonderland. Stop! said workshop leader Dave Weisser. A false start. The ‘E’ is missing, I can’t play the melody said Barry Ascroft. How reassuring to know that some things are for ever! Take it to the Bridge keeps on keeping on at the Chillingham, come rain or come snow.
Snow flakes skirting the Chilli, someone called a couple of Jobim tunes – the wonderful juxtaposition wasn’t lost (a chilly Chillingham to a cooking Copocabana). Jobim didn’t proceed without discussion: Nah, scrap that, come in last beat, fourth bar. You couldn’t make it up! Drummer Norman Redhead had seen and heard it all before, taking it in his stride. Weisser decided to opt out of Joy Spring and Redhead willingly vacated the drum stool to the late arriving Matthew MacKellar (detention at school? – “Not quite my tempo Matthew”).
Trumpeter Don Forbes and Rachel Richman (alto) braved the elements and their arrival signalled something like a band. Wayne Shorter’s One by One upped matters, Forbes in blistering form from the off. MacKellar handled the fours no problem and the revitalised Weisser played good, muted trumpet.
Forbes’ recent gig at the Jazz Café featured a couple of Stan Tracey numbers and it was good to hear them again so soon (Pen Pals and I Lost My Step in Nantucket are so good they could be mistaken for compositions by one of Tracey’s American jazz idols). In an aside Weisser asked Ascroft: How does it [Pen Pals] go again? Quick as a flash Ascroft sang the verse. Bassist Ray Truscott contributed a subtle solo and Mr Weisser added a beautiful vocal coda.
The between-tunes patter is all but legendary; Weisser telling the tale of the time he got the sack after one day into a cruise ship gig. The man should publish his memoirs! The classic story isn’t the sole preserve of DW. Peter, a keen supporter of the music, informed Bebop Spoken Here of his recent encounter with a motorcycle and sidecar (rider with flapping headgear) and a basket of pigeons…I’ll have a pint of what he’s drinking!
MacKellar’s use of brushes on Stella by Starlight belied his youth and the veteran Weisser came up with the verse (as always). When Sonny Gets Blue didn’t go without mishap – a trailing lead caught underfoot almost brought music stands and microphones crashing to the floor. Weisser informed us he must get down to the pound shop to get some better tape. No expense spared! The tune featured a round of solos, MacKellar’s brushwork and Richman on alto accompanying Weisser’s lyrics. Pianist Barry Ascroft wrote Rascal aboard ship (cruise as opposed to convict) many moons ago about an onboard rascal. He couldn’t remember who. No matter, he and the band played it. It was better than good. So many tunes (it’s a surprise the session gets through as many with all the interruptions…go down to the bar and by the time you return the next tune will yet to have started). A good session went out on Beautiful Love and Isn’t it Romantic? Next week at the Chillingham promises who knows what!            
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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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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