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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Monday February 27

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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, 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 :

  1. 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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