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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bruce Adams w. Paul Edis Trio @ Jazz Café - March 20.











Bruce Adams (tpt/flg); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos by Mike Tilley).
Every trumpet player in the north east should have been here tonight! Listening and learning from the master. I don't mean just technique and creativity but also how to connect with an audience. Incidentally, pianists, basses and drummers could also have picked up a sack full of knowledge along the way as Edis, Champion and Sinclair were well up for the gig and Bruce's appreciation I am sure was more than mere token.
A technique and a range to die for, Adams has taken the legacy of Kenny Baker and built upon it.
Tonight, he played more flugel than trumpet (apart from when, with forked tongue no doubt, he played them together on no less a test piece than Scrapple From The Apple!)
Flugel horn is an instrument that most jazz people, myself included, relate to wistful ballads as played by, say, Art Farmer. Not Bruce! He wails like a Blue Note Cooker not afraid to take the bigger bored instrument up into the canine audio levels normally associated with Duke's feline!
He can purr on the instrument as well - the encore, I Remember You, proved that.
The highlights were many despite, or more likely because, the tunes weren't of recent vintage - we had to make do with Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hart and co!
In the engine room, Edis - who'd played a lunchtime gig at Durham's Gala Theatre with the brass ace - did everything we've come to expect from this modest guy (Paul, if I had your talent, modesty would be long gone!) His solos, the blocked chord passage on How Little We Know was but one of many that ticked all the boxes for me.
Andy (the "and still undefeated") Champion retained his title in both the arco and the pizzicato divisions.
Which just leaves Adam Sinclair. Great with sticks and brushes but, give him a shot of Braziliana, and sticks and brushes are swept away to be replaced by the most effective hand drumming I've heard outside of the Rain Forrest . 
I have the feeling this could just be gig of the month...
Lance.

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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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