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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. 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.
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Evening
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. 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, March 06, 2015

Lickety Split/Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. March 4

Lickety Split:
Eddie Bellis (trombone), Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone), Alan Marshall (alto saxophone), Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn), Roy Willis (guitar), Bradley Johnston (guitar), Alan Rudd (bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Eddie Bellis’ octet is heard all too infrequently. The boys in the band are busy people –   getting them together in the same room, at the same time, is an achievement in itself. An invitation from Dave Weisser to Bellis to make a return visit to the Chillingham with his Lickety Split eight piece band did the trick. Such are the economics of the little big band, the boys didn’t play for ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses, they were, quite simply, out of pocket!
Weisser’s weekly workshop split into two (pre and post Lickety Split’s set) affording the luxury of a night off (door duties aside) for house drummer Norman Redhead as Lickety Split’s stickman Paul Wight submitted an overtime claim, working straight through on all three sets. Bags Groove indicated where Bellis was coming from and where they were heading for the rest of the one-hour set. The band’s frontline boasts formidable soloists – Bellis showed what he can do and gave numerous opportunities to Paul Gowland (tenor), Alan Marshall (alto) and the man from the stratosphere – top Cs Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn).
The seated rhythm strings kept things cookin’ – the out-of-sight Alan Rudd (obscured by the horns) sounded perfectly Kind of Blue all night. Roy Willis purred a la Freddie Green (88 Basie Street) and side-kick Bradley Johnston kicked-in with one or two excellent solo contributions. Straight No Chaser heard from Marshall and Johnston and the irrepressible Eland squeezin’ an’ teasin’ from on high. Bellis loves West Coast cool and plundered the Birth of the Cool. Lickety Split should gig more…watch this space.
Take it to the Bridge:
Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Dougie Fielder (tenor saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Mike Clarke (bass) & Paul Wight (drums) + Paul Gowland (alto saxophone)
Earlier and later, Main Man Weisser assembled the troops. A short first set and a short second set. Norman Redhead preoccupied with ushering in the audience, Paul Wight joined the house band as did Paul Gowland playing alto.
Wight set a crisp military-medium tempo on Nostalgia in Times Square prompting Dave Weisser’s vocalese fours with Wight. Main Man Weisser sang a Victor Newman number for the first time at the Chilli. Let’s hear it again DW. Gowland tore into One by One and, typical of Weisser’s eclectic selections, followed up with Rodgers and Hart’s Blue Room.
So, a busy night at the Chillingham – the jazz upstairs, the match downstairs (Newcastle 0 Man Utd 1). Dave Weisser’s Take it to the Bridge session has been running for longer than most care to remember (The Beamish Mary, The Bridge Hotel, The Blue Bell, The Egypt Cottage). Audience and sitters-in (all instruments) are most welcome. Last night’s schedule meant young drummer Matthew MacKellar didn’t get a chance to sit in. He’ll be back, why not join him? The Chilli is within spitting distance of Chillingham Road Metro station and bus stops en route to Newcastle city centre. Eight o’clock prompt (ish).      
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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