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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 Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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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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