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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - February 3.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms)  Paul Gowland (alt); Alexis Cairns, Joe Reeve (ten); Mark Williams, Simon Stephenson, Tom Lapworth (gtr); Tom Chapman (bs gtr); Matthew MacKellar, Rob Bates, Ian Forbes (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This was quite a session with a mix of regulars, occasionals and first-timers on the stand all adding their own individuality to the night.
Gilligan sat at the keyboard and complained of the cold - two numbers later he had his coat off and all four were perspiring profusely thanks to a blast on Bird's Blues For Alice!
Prelude to a Kiss in 3/4 was served at room temperature before Wave saw Bradley put skid marks on his Ibanez fretboard.
Gowland, on Conn Underslung, this week, - the first of the comings and goings - took Body and Soul around the block then paint-stripped the ceiling on 500 Miles High helped along by Matthew MacKellar's simpatico drumming..
Alexis Cairns doesn't do paint-stripping instead she wove meaningful pastel shades on All the Things You Are and Someday my Prince Will Come. The prince duly did arrive in the form of first time bass guitarist Tom Chapman. Chapman was sound and his solo on the latter number as melodic as anything I've ever heard from a Fender Precision.
From here on in it all became a blur - literally musical chairs - as guitars came and went, drums were adjusted, amps plugged and unplugged, saxophones queued up, bottles of ale were quenched.
Simon Stephenson and Bradley duetted on Misty, Mark Williams and Bradley gave Stella a going over (By Starlight) another new face - Joe Reeve - tore it up on tenor with St. Thomas (who was still on bass guitar). Rob Bates impressed on drums before handing over to "Not quite my tempo" Ian Forbes.
Meanwhile, yet another guitarist - Tom Lapworth, from Hull, - had been quietly lurking in the undergrowth before seizing the moment to shine which he most certainly did.
There was so much more, not least Pete Gilligan who played almost non-stop and Paul Grainger and Paul Wight who unselfishly stepped aside to give others a chance but who, when they were on stage, didn't fumble the ball.
Photos
Lance.

1 comment :

OxenOrb said...

Nice review man. I am from Newcastle but had been studying in Hull until recently. Cheers.

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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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