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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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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

Levee Ramblers New Orleans Jazz Band @ St Joseph’s CMS Club, Birtley. February 5

Dave Rae (banjo & vocals), Mick Hill (trumpet & vocals), Liz Bacon (clarinet), John Robinson (double bass) & Paul Bacon (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Bourbon Street Parade, Clarinet Marmalade and Creole Love Call, the first three tunes of the Levee Ramblers’ set at Birtley Jazz Club’s February gathering. A low turn-out (a common occurrence across many north east venues) failed to dampen spirits. Dave Rae and his band of dedicated New Orleans specialists got on with it, playing for the regular few and, perhaps, themselves.
A pint of Theakston’s Mild at a give away price of £2.41, convivial company and a top class jazz band – the place should have been bursting at the seams. In reality the concert room resembled the desolate, faded ballroom in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? A lone couple had the floor to themselves, clinging to fading memories of the Oxford Galleries. Liz Bacon’s achingly fragile clarinet spoke of Careless Love, crying on the shoulder of Mick Hill’s muted trumpet and Dave Rae’s plaintive vocals.
An interval rendition of Happy Birthday to one of the few – the birthday boy was on the wrong side of twenty one – and a bottle of whiskey offered as a raffle prize, St Joseph’s is taking it month to month. There will be a session in March, beyond that, who knows?
Second set Mick Hill sang Exactly Like You, then we heard St Louis Blues and, by way of a request, Liz Bacon played Petite Fleur for the first time in a long time. Running Wild ran wild (Dave Rae, vocals) and, as if to restore some semblance of order, the spiritual In the Highways (I’ll Be Somewhere Working for My Lord) commanded respect.
A Weary Blues was anything but; the Levee Rambers are at their best with a spiritual or a blues. If Paul Bacon isn’t an honourary citizen of New Orleans then it’s high time he was. A disciplined drummer of the genre, any aspiring drummer in any style should make it a priority to check him out. And Mr Bs rhythm partner, the phlegmatic John Robinson, is a bassist of quiet authority, making the Levee Ramblers a top class outfit fully deserving of a bigger audience than they usually play to. An enjoyable evening.    
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.)
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