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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Thursday March 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Archipelago - King's Hall, Newcastle Uni, 1:10pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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BABMUS - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Andchuck - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6sf. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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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 19, 2015

The Dave Weisser Orchestra @ The Chillingham. February 18

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Helen Walker (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Mike Clarke (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums) & Ian Forbes (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Another Wednesday night at the Chilli. Not quite. Much to the surprise and delight of workshop leader Dave Weisser a mini orchestra assembled before his very eyes. The regular participants were in attendance, one or two old hands showed up and two new sitters-in walked in.

And What if I Don’t? (Herbie Hancock). Solos all. In walked Matthew MacKellar, the ever-obliging Norman Redhead stepped aside. Round Midnight (potentially a tired old warhorse) sparkled; multi-coloured horns, MacKellar’s brushes, Ray Johnson’s flugel and Weisser’s classy vocals. Dinji heard Weisser singing once again and the first of the newcomers, Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), announced her arrival in no uncertain terms. Don Forbes sat in and out, much of the time content to listen to his fellow brass players.
Boplicity (a nice number for brass and reeds) featured Johnson, Enever and a first solo of the night from bassist Mike Clarke. Miles’ Four (a Take it to the Bridge staple) heard not one, not two, not three, but four trumpets – Ray Johnson leading off, then the lyricism of Don Forbes, then the sight-reading Helen Walker and, of course Dave Weisser – and an off-the-cuff Weisser vocal fours with the sharp-eared MacKellar (rat-a-tat-tat rimshots for good measure!).
Trumpets (Forbes and Johnson, the muted Weisser), Rachel Richman’s alto, a piano trio work-out and MacKellar dispatching fours to the boundary dealt with Nardis. MacKellar gave way to Forbes I. Mr Ian Forbes got his mojo (hi hat) workin’ on Nostagia in Times Square and Nica’s Dream. Time was getting on. Weisser to Clarke: ‘Is that your pint?’ Clarke to Weisser: ‘No.’ Weisser: ‘Good! It must be mine.’ Israel. A hunched-over Mike Clarke peered at the dots, more soprano from Enever, more alto from Richman. No two sessions are alike at the Chilli. This week’s was a good one. More next week.                   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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