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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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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.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. Feb.4

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Paul Grainger (double bass), Norman Redhead , Matthew MacKellar (drums) + Pete Gilligan (keyboards)
(Review by Russell).
Something of a trumpeters’ convention this week at the Chilli with workshop leader Dave Weisser, Ray Johnson and bop stalwart Don Forbes. Weisser proclaimed: Hey, we’ve got a band! Three trumpet players and a well-oiled rhythm section – yes, a band indeed!
The band kicked-off with Straight No Chaser, the frontline three enjoyed the playing and  company of one another. No sooner had the session got under way and in walked regular drummer Matthew MacKellar and not far behind him was pianist Pete Gilligan. Drummer Redhead, readily, resumed door duties to allow MacKellar on to the stand.
It didn’t take too long before a good natured argument/discussion broke out about matters musical. There was much talk of a chart that didn’t make sense with Weisser’s side-kick Barry Ascroft declaring:, You couldn’t roll a bowl of flowers! This phrase was a new one to your reviewer, perhaps its origin lies in Ascroft’s Lancastrian roots. Ray Johnson took up the flugel on Little Flower and solos flowed from top bass man Paul Grainger and the ascerbic Ascroft.
Don Forbes suggested the first of three Stan Tracey numbers; No Good Boyo, followed by I Lost My Step in Nantucket and Penpals. Weisser left it to Forbes, then Johnson, to dig into ST’s back catalgogue but there was no stopping MacKellar (right there, keen to take on a round of fours). Ascroft went to the bar leaving Pete Gilligan to take the piano stool. PG worked the intro to Moment’s Notice (strong trumpet from Johnson) and one of the evening’s highlights featured Weisser’s vocals on I Can’t Get Started.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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