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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The King’s Hall, Newcastle University. Feb 5

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Russell).
A one hour lunchtime set in the King’s Hall from one of the best working units in jazz today, the Graeme Wilson Quartet presented material familiar to many of the quartet’s supporters, and those new to it became instant fans of the music and the musicians. An attentive, near-capacity audience heard six of Wilson’s compositions performed with a rare level of empathy – the result of many a gig together on Tyneside and beyond.
Street of Furs and Pleaseureland – one upbeat, the other mellow – served to illustrate a creative mind at work; Wilson’s instantly recognisable sound heard across a breadth of material. The ballad The Sycamore (one of several Wilson compositions written for and performed by John Warren’s Splinter Group and/or Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra) perhaps took the honours today. The King’s Hall isn’t best suited to drummers (jazz or any other form) and the brilliant Adam Sinclair was heard to best effect using brushes on the ballad. That said, the closing number – Honolulus – despatched any acoustic issues with the most breathtaking, break-neck virtuosity from the Graeme Wilson Quartet.                   
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.
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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